Hydropower / Pumped Hydro Energy StorageProject Kidston Pumped Hydro Energy Storage
Timing of transport is critical with respect to weather conditions. There are several unsealed roads which need to be traversed and low-level bridge crossings and gullies to be crossed. Hence, it is important that transportation of the key items is undertaken during the dry season (generally April to October in Far-North Queensland). Access to the Project site via road is required over the Copperfield River bridge and causeway located approximately 5km from the Kidston Site.
The Copperfield River is linked directly with the Kidston Dam, which is a raw water storage facility that comprises of an ungated spillway. Telemetry is available for the Kidston Dam which provides water height above the dam spillway, and when the spillway is spilling, this provides a direct correlation as to whether the downstream Copperfield Bridge is passable or not.