South Australia's energy potential assessed

06 October 2011


An assessment of the uranium and geothermal prospectivity of east-central South Australia.

An assessment of the uranium
and geothermal prospectivity of
east-central South Australia
© Geoscience Australia

A new report released by Geoscience Australia provides a detailed insight into the potential prospectivity for various types of uranium deposits and geothermal energy systems in east-central South Australia.

The assessment of uranium and associated mineral systems was based on existing data and a mineral systems model which consider key issues such as the source of metals and fluids and the geological formations influencing fluid flows and deposition sites. The uranium systems considered include sandstone-hosted, iron-oxide copper-gold-uranium, unconformity-related and sediment-hosted copper-uranium.

As well as highlighting areas of known uranium-rich iron-oxide-copper-gold deposits in areas such as in the Olympic Dam and Prominent Hill districts, the analysis also identified an area to the north and west of Spencer Gulf and areas under cover in the northern Curnamona Province.

The analysis of hot rock and hot sedimentary aquifer geothermal systems revealed that localised regions of higher prospectivity occur across the assessment area.

Further details are available in the report, An Assessment of the Uranium and Geothermal Prospectivity of East-Central South Australia

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013