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Gold mine hydroelectricity project makes progress

Conversion of a disused gold mine into a hydroelectric facility in Australia has taken a step closer to reality with award of a feasibility study to specialist power and water consulting firm Entura and China-based hydroelectric specialist Hydrochina.

Project promoter Genex Power hopes to use Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland to create a hydroelectric plant with capacity to generate 330MW of electricity.

The abandoned mine site contains two large adjacent pits with the potential to act as the upper and lower reservoirs required for pumped storage hydropower generation.

In addition to the feasibility study, Entura will oversee subcontracted investigations, including geotechnical investigations and a bathymetric survey. The firm will also manage environmental and planning approvals for the project site, including specialist reports and community consultation.

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