Hydropower / Pumped Hydro Energy StorageProject Kidston Pumped Hydro Energy Storage
This report provides a construction overview of the Kidston Pumped Storage Project, including aspects such as the electro-mechanical, dam and transmission line works.
The former Kidston Gold Mine (KGM) is located in North Queensland approximately 280km north west of Townsville. The mine was constructed and operated by Placer Dome Inc. from 1981 through to its eventual closure in 2001. Genex acquired the KGM from Barrick Gold in June 2014 with the principal intent of redeveloping the site as a clean energy hub including a pumped storage hydro power station.
Entura was engaged to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the Project in 2015-2016 and following further optimisation by Mott Macdonald in 2017 the current configuration of K2-Hydro was established; namely a 250MW pumped storage generation facility utilising the two existing mining voids (as upper and lower reservoirs) to store up to 8 hours of energy.