Queensland council considers geothermal power options

The Winton Shire Council, in Western Queensland, is investigating the feasibility of a low-cost geothermal power plant to generate revenue.

Council chief executive officer Tom Upton says the shire is working with Local Government Infrastructure Services to arrive at a decision before June this year.

“The bore water comes out of the ground at 87°C and the way the units work, they generate power by cooling the water,” he told ABC News.

“Two units would produce about 40 per cent of Winton’s power needs.”

If viable, the Council would sell any power generated to Ergon, with Ergon continuing to provide power to the community.