SunWater welcomes Government plans for Burdekin Falls Dam hydro

30 Apr 2017

The SunWater Board of Directors and Executive Management has today welcomed the State Government’s announcement of plans to build a hydro-electric power station at Burdekin Falls Dam in the State’s far north.

SunWater Chairman Leith Boully said SunWater looks forward to assisting the Government in investigating the feasibility of establishing hydro at Queensland’s largest reservoir.

“A hydro-electric power station at Burdekin Falls Dam will be a win for far north Queensland; creating jobs and boosting electricity generation to help meet the region’s demand ”, Ms Boully said.

“Electricity is one of the major costs incurred to pump water for our customers, so we welcome the initiative to investigate the feasibility of utilising the significant energy stored in Burdekin Falls Dam to provide clean energy into the north Queensland electricity grid.

“We look forward to assisting with the State Government on the Burdekin hydro business plan and we will be working closely with our customers to keep them informed.

“Burdekin Falls Dam is a major asset for this region of Queensland, helping provide a secure 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.

“SunWater continues to work with Building Queensland to investigate the potential raising of Burdekin Falls Dam.”

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.

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