Project overview*

Status Impact assessment report (IAR) active
Description A 250-megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric power generation facility – the beneficial use of the decommissioned Kidston Gold Mine’s upper and lower pits.
Proponent Genex Power Limited
Location/s Kidston, Queensland approximately 280 km north-west of Townsville
Local government/s Etheridge Shire Council
Investment $330 million
Key features

The project would act as a natural battery storage, allowing energy to be stored and harnessed on demand and includes the following components:

  • an upper reservoir formed by a 20-metre-high dam around the existing Wises Pit
  • a lower reservoir utilising the existing Eldridge Pit
  • a powerhouse cavern with the capacity to generate 250 megawatts
  • a tailrace allowing water to pass from the powerhouse to the reservoirs
  • a spillway from the upper reservoir to the Copperfield River.
Expected completion 2021
  • 370 (construction over two years)
  • 9 (operational)

IAR process

Date Activity
Currently Draft IAR being prepared
28 September 2018 Gazettal (PDF icon 250 KB) of 'coordinated project' declaration.
28 September 2018 Application, including initial advice statement submitted.

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* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.