Innovation may solve Galilee Basin water woes

CUTTING edge water storage technology could get the Galilee Basin's proposed mega-miners out of Land Court and into economic action.

A plan to divert water from the Cape and Campaspe rivers to feed the demands of the Adani and Mac Mines mines, and others, has been put forward for Federal Government approval.

Galilee Water Pty Ltd is behind the proposed The Northern Water Infrastructure System which would create a 600,000-700,000 megalitre off-river storage at a site south of Charters Towers, fed by a 123km pipeline.

Chairman Keith De Lacy said no groundwater would be needed by any of the mines if the deep cell storage facility went ahead.

Proof of concept studies are yet to be done.

"We're just a group with expertise in this area and we can see wholesale solutions for everyone's benefits without any negatives," Mr De Lacy said.

"We see this as a centralised water solution for the Galilee Basin, initially the northern area, but potentially the whole of the Galilee.

"There won't be a range of water storage initiatives, it will be centralised and it will eliminate the need for miners to take underground water.

"All we're proposing is to meet their water needs with this solution so they can get on with developing the mine."

An application has been made to the Queensland Co-ordinator General for co-ordinated project status.

Mr De Lacy said usage would be styled on a "take or pay" agreement.

"We can provide it (water) much more economically than the mines can provide it for themselves," he said.

The pipeline must run the gamut of approvals.


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