North Queensland energy potential revealed
4 June 2010
A report on possible new energy resources in north Queensland has revealed the potential for both uranium deposits and geothermal sources.
An investigation by Geoscience Australia under the Australian Government's Onshore Energy Security Program has identified a number of areas with high potential for hot rock and hot sedimentary geothermal aquifer systems. They include the Millungera Basin near McKinley, the Eromanga Basin, near Burketown, the north-central Drummond Basin south of Charters Towers and the Galilee Basin south of Hughenden.
The report and associated maps follow an assessment of data from Seismic Acquisition and Processing Project surveys extending from the Mount Isa region and Cloncurry to Georgetown and Charters Towers which has been integrated with previous geological, geochemical and geochronological data.
As well as the information on geothermal prospectivity, the surveys identified areas with significant potential for uranium mineralisation in sedimentary sandstone deposits east of Cloncurry, north of Hughenden and around the township of Richmond.
The report also documents the potential for uranium systems in parts of the Burdekin Basin and areas outside known uranium districts. These include extensions of the Mount Isa uranium field to the north and south and the Cloncurry iron-oxide copper-gold district undercover to the south and north. There is also potential in a 50 kilometre wide by 200 kilometre long, northwest trending belt southwest of Cairns.
More details are available in the report, An assessment of the uranium and geothermal potential of north Queensland
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