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Overview 

The Queensland Government is investigating a potential pumped hydro energy storage facility at Borumba Dam, located near Imbil, 45 minutes south west of Gympie.

Borumba Dam has been identified by the Queensland Government as one of the best potential sites for long duration pumped hydro in Queensland through the Queensland Hydro Study. It has also been earmarked as a potential pumped hydro site for nearly four decades.

Powerlink was selected by the Queensland Government to manage the detailed design and cost analysis which is the next phase of work required to investigate this project.

Opportunity to get involved

Community and stakeholder engagement is a key priority for the project to help deliver not only the best outcomes for Queensland, but also the local community. 

Powerlink and the Queensland Government are committed to engaging early and often with the community and key stakeholders to ensure we deliver not only the best outcomes for Queenslanders, but also those who live in the region.

In December 2021 and April 2022 drop-in sessions were held at Imbil and Gympie for the local community to meet the project team and learn more about the proposed project. 

Status

While Borumba Dam has been identified as a potential site for pumped hydro, further studies are required to progress the project. In June 2021, the Queensland Government announced $22 million for detailed analytical studies for the project, with these commencing in late 2021. 

Pumped hydro will play a vital role in the transformation of the energy system to renewable energy and a more diverse generation mix across Queensland.