NSW hunts for geothermal energy

The New South Wales Government has announced it hopes to pursue exploration for hot rocks in the state’s west, as part of its hunt for geothermal energy.

The government has lodged exploration applications to drill for geothermal energy in three sites near Wilcannia, Pooncarie and Cobar.

Program director for coal innovation in the Department of Trade and Investment Rick Fowler said the government sees potential for mining in the west.

“This is all new technology that’s at very early stage,” he said, as reported by ABC News.

“It could be used to supplement coal-fired power stations or gas-fired power stations, it could be as a stand-alone form of renewable energy, it’s all to be looked at into the future.”

The government will collect data, which will be available for the use of development companies.

“We do what’s known as electronic testing down the hole to get an understanding of the geology of the hole,” Mr Fowler told ABC News.

“We also take core samples, so once you drill you also take a significant amount of core from that hole, and that is then placed in our core library, and that allows explorers to come and look at that core, and take samples of that core away for their exploration.”

At this early stage, the NSW Government is unclear how much energy will be found at the three sites.