(QldGovSpin) Tinaroo Falls Dam Hydro Project May Be First of Many

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 10/08/2004 - 13:03

Atherton: A new $4 million hydro-electricity power station at Tinaroo Falls Dam was officially opened today by Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson.

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Natural Resources, Mines & Energy, Stephen Robertson
naturalresources@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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10/08/04

Mr Robertson said the opening marked a significant milestone for Queensland water supplier SunWater, as Tinaroo Falls was its first hydro power station to go online.

"SunWater's construction of this hydro plant reflects the Beattie Government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through greater reliance on clean, green renewable energy sources.

"Tinaroo Falls is just the first of these hydro schemes as SunWater is currently doing a feasibility study with Stanwell Corporation for a 30 megawatt hydro power station at Burdekin Falls Dam near Charters Towers.

"I expect a range of other mini-hydro opportunities will be investigated by SunWater over the next couple of years.

"Hydro generation is an excellent mechanism for SunWater to add value to its storages without impacting upon water supply to its customers," he said.

Mr Robertson said the Tinaroo Falls hydro power station will generate 1.6 megawatts of green electricity for the State's power grid which could supply more than 1200 homes.

"This in turn will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 8500 tonnes a year - which equates to taking 2000 cars off the road," he said.

SunWater Board Chairman Andrew Greenwood said the Tinaroo Falls project represented a positive step toward continued responsible environmental management but also highlighted SunWater's expansion into business sectors other than bulk water supply.

"SunWater has continued to move forward and improve and this project is a clear indication of how we are actively identifying a range of new commercial investment opportunities to continue our growth," Mr Greenwood said.

"This hydro power station allows SunWater to make the best possible use of dam water releases for irrigation and urban customers, overflows and our commitment to environmental flow requirements," he said.

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