Hydroelectric Power Plants in Australia - Queensland

Barron Gorge
Location: QLD
Operator: Stanwell Corp
Configuration: 2 X 30 MW Francis
Operation: 1963
T/G supplier: Boving, ASEA
Quick facts: Construction of a hydroelectric power station on the Barron River was first suggested in 1906, but it took 30yrs for the idea to come to fruition. The site is in difficult country in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area 20km north-west of Cairns and is frequently deluged by torrential rain. Two 1.2-MW units were commissioned in Nov 1935 and a 1.4-MW unit added in 1940. This was Queensland's first hydroelectric power station. The original site was decommissioned in 1959 and the present Barron Falls was commissioned further downstream. From 2006-2010, Stanwell completed a A$28mn overhaul of the electromechanical equipment.

Photograph courtesy of Stanwell Corp
Posted 20 Oct 2004

Kareeya (Tully Falls)
Location: QLD
Operator: Stanwell Corp
Configuration: 4 X 21.6 MW Pelton
Operation: 1957-1959
T/G supplier: Gilkes, English Electric
EPC: Coordinator General of Public Works, Cairns Regional Electricity Board
Quick facts: This plant is near Koombooloomba in Far North Queensland. Planning began in 1949 and it was originally intended to be operating by 1955. The final design included Koombooloomba Dam reservoir, a regulating pond formed by Tully Falls Diversion Weir, a series of inclined tunnels feeding into the powerhouse, and an outlet tunnel returning water back to the Tully River. The associated 132Kv transmission line was the first ever constructed in Queensland and featured the state's first use of steel towers for transmission. The original project budget was £7.5mn. Kareeya was upgraded during a A$30mn project taking place between 2005 and 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Stanwell Corp
Posted 26 May 2012

Koombooloomba
Location: QLD
Operator: Stanwell Corp
Configuration: 1 X 7 MW semi-Kaplan
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, Ideal
EPC: GE Energy Australia

Photograph courtesy of Stanwell Corp
Posted 20 Oct 2004

Paradise Dam
Location: QLD
Operator: SunWater
Configuration: 1 X 2.7 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Tyco, Indar
EPC: SMEC, Tyco, Pacheo
Quick facts: Paradise Dam (aka Burnett Dam) is located 80kms from Bundaberg and was built by QLD-owned Burnett Water Pty Ltd. Burnett Water was acquired by SunWater in Dec 2005.

Photograph courtesy of Tyco International
Posted 2 Oct 2010

Wivenhoe Dam
Location: QLD
Operator: Stanwell Corp
Configuration: 1 X 4.3 MW Francis
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Wivenhoe SHP is beneath one of Wivenhoe Damís five spillway slots and captures water released for other primary purposes. The flow passes through a butterfly-type turbine inlet valve and into the turbine, which was commissioned in Dec 2002. Wivenhoe Dam is owned by Seqwater, which is the major water company in South East Queensland. The structure is a 59m high, 2.3km long earth and rock embankment built across the upper reaches of the Brisbane River.

Photograph courtesy of Wim Belgraver
Re-posted 10 Mar 2010

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 27-May-2012

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