Plans to convert a mine into pumped hydro storage

Plans for a the $280 million, 330MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Electricity Project in Queensland, could transform the disused Kidston gold mine in northern Queensland into a large-scale hydroelectric power plant, to supply the state during periods of peak demand.

There are currently only three pumped storage hydro schemes in Australia. If the Kidston project is successfully completed, it will be the third largest hydroelectric energy storage project in Australia, selling energy directly into Australia’s National Electricity Market during times of peak demand.

The abandoned mine site – situated some 270km north-west of Townsville – contains two large adjacent pits with the potential to act as the upper and lower reservoirs required for pumped storage hydropower generation.

Renew Economy: Sophie Vorrath: 10 august 2015

Key Words: technology

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