SunWater welcomes Government investment into Burdekin Falls Dam and Hydro

05 Jun 2017

SunWater welcomes the Queensland State Government’s announcement of more than $100 million for improvement works at the Burdekin Falls Dam, and an additional $100 million investment into the proposed  hydro-electric power station.

SunWater Chairman Leith Boully said SunWater applauds the commitment of a $100 million equity injection, plus the reinvestment of SunWater dividends for improvement works at the Burdekin Falls Dam.

“The Burdekin Falls Dam is critical to communities and businesses in the region and SunWater is committed to undertaking improvement works so that the dam spillway continues to function efficiently for many years to come.

The Government’s financial support of the $204.7 million improvement project will help bring an additional 250 jobs to the region. These works will also support the hydro-electric power station that has been proposed to provide clean energy into the north Queensland electricity grid.”

“Burdekin Falls Dam is a major asset for this region of Queensland, helping provide a reliable water supply, and the addition of a hydro-electric power station will further increase the dam’s value to the state, customers and the community,” Ms Boully said.

With a storage capacity of up to 1,860,000 ML – four times the capacity of Sydney Harbour – the SunWater-owned Burdekin Falls Dam supports more than 1000 irrigation, industrial and urban water customers in the Burdekin Haughton water supply scheme, including Townsville City Council.

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