New South Wales to launch geothermal study - report
Oct 16, 2013 - The government of New South Wales plans to begin core drilling to assess the geothermal potential in the western part of the Australian state, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said Tuesday.
The project will involve drilling holes about 2.5 km (1.6 miles) into the earth near Cobar and Wilcannia, with works to be conducted in the following four months. Drilling will take place at two sites for the collection of basic geological data in order to determine which, if any, has some heat sources deep in the rocks, the news service cited James Knight, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Trade and Investment, as saying. The capacity to store carbon dioxide (CO2) will also be tested.
Currently, there is very little available information about the geology of western New South Wales, Knight noted. The government of New South Wales on Tuesday organised a community meeting for the project in Wilcannia and plans to hold another session at Cobar in next month.
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