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Municipality in Queensland looking at geothermal power option

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (source: flickr/ neilalderney123, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 31 Jan 2014

A small municipality in the west of Queensland in Australia is evaluating the possibility of development of a geothermal power plant to fuel power demand and create revenues for it.

A municipality in western Queensland in Australia is looking at the possibility to develop its own geothermal power plant.

Winton and its council, evaluating the feasibility of a geothermal power plant with local government infrastructure services. A decision on this is expected before June of this year.

The plan is to generate revenue for the council utilizing geothermal resources to be found in the Great Artesian Basin in this region of Australia.

The expected temperature of the water is at around 87 degrees Celsius, clearly requiring a binary power plant option. With potentially two units around 40 percent of the power needs for this community could be derived, but likely be sold into another municipality and then bought back.

Source: ABC