Drilling has begun at Kiandra in the Snowy Mountains as part of the feasibility study for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s much vaunted Snowy 2.0 project.
Workers have drilled down more than a kilometre to extrac samples which will be sent to Sydney for geotechnical analysis.
The drilling is part of feasibility work to determine if Snowy 2.0 is viable.
The ambitious project could produce 2000 MW of power but to do so would require major earthworks, as the 8 hydro electric turbines would be houses in a vault around 1 kilometre underground.
There is only one site under consideration for the 2.0 project, because it is the only one which delivers sufficient tunnel gradient to generate 2000 MW.
Snowy Hydro is expected to make a board decision in mid 2018 on whether the project should go ahead.