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Mt Rawdon Pumped Hydro project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Mt Rawdon Operations Pty Ltd and ICA Investment Services Pty Ltd propose to develop and operate a new pumped hydro electricity generation facility through the repurposing of the mine pit created by the existing Mount Rawdon Mine.
Proponent Mt Rawdon Operations Pty Ltd and ICA Investment Services Pty Ltd
Location/s Approximately 75 km south-west of Bundaberg. Map
Local government/s North Burnett Regional Council and Bundaberg Regional Council
Investment $3.34 billion
Key features
  • a generation facility, comprising a lower storage (formed by the decommissioned mine pit), upper storage (formed by a purpose-built valley fill dam), waterway tunnels linking the two storages, underground power station, switchyard and associated access works
  • an electricity transmission line and substation, connecting the generation facility to the existing Powerlink transmission network
  • upgrades/duplication of the existing water pipeline (connecting the generation facility to Paradise Dam), comprising a pump, pipes and power supply to enable the first fill of the generation facility
  • temporary facilities required during the construction phase, comprising a construction camp (including water and wastewater systems), concrete batching plant, quarry, laydown areas and material stockpiles.
Construction start date 2023

500 (construction)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

CurrentlyDraft terms of reference for EIS and comments being assessed.
4 March 2023 to 11 April 2023 Draft terms of reference (PDF icon 985 KB) for EIS public consultation.
11 October 2022 Gazettal (PDF icon 289 KB) of 'coordinated project' declaration.
21 June 2022 Initial advice statement (PDF icon 8.2 MB), submitted.

Further information

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Last updated: 06 Apr 2023