Borumba Dam Pumped Hydro: detailed design and cost analysis
Borumba Dam Pumped Hydro Project
The Queensland Government is investigating a potential pumped hydro energy storage facility at Borumba Dam, located near Imbil, 45 minutes south west of Gympie. A range of engineering, environmental, geological, hydrological and commercial studies are currently under way, and will be completed throughout 2022.
In June 2022 the Queensland Government committed an additional $13 million to broaden the scope of the feasibility studies for the project. This follows an initial investment of $22 million for the studies.
The additional $13 million in funding will broaden the scope for engineering, environmental, social and recreational studies and allow an earlier investment decision to be made on the Borumba pumped hydro energy storage project.
Further development of the project will follow an environmental approval process, like any other large-scale infrastructure project, which includes relevant approvals from State and Federal Governments.
Powerlink is managing the studies at Borumba and has been chosen as the project’s implementation partner due to its understanding of Queensland’s electricity system and market, and experience with developing large infrastructure projects.
Borumba Dam was selected as the first site for a detailed design and cost analysis following a state-wide assessment of potential pumped hydro locations through the Queensland Hydro Study.
Borumba Dam was identified due to its proximity to the high-voltage transmission network, existing dam infrastructure, and location to the Southern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone (QREZ).The Queensland Government has also previously identified the site as a possible location for a pumped hydro facility and Powerlink has owned the site since the 1980s.
The Queensland Government is committed to engaging early and often with the community and key stakeholders to ensure we deliver not only the best outcomes for Queensland, but also the local community.
Assessment of environmental impacts is being undertaken as part of the detailed analytical studies at Borumba. Extensive community engagement on the feasibility of pumped hydro at Borumba Dam commenced in December 2021. Stakeholders have provided useful insights and will continue to have an opportunity to provide input into relevant studies within the detailed design and cost analysis.
Residents and community groups can also provide feedback and input into what may also become a larger recreational and tourism hub for the Gympie region.
Potential environmental impacts will be taken into consideration when the Queensland Government determines if the Borumba project should move ahead.
To learn more about community engagement activities and how you can get involved, visit the Powerlink website.
For enquiries about the Borumba detailed design and cost analysis, contact Powerlink on:
- 1800 635 369
Learn more about:
- Pumped hydro in Queensland
- Borumba Dam Pumped Hydro (PDF, 3436.07 KB)
- Queensland Hydro Study: establishing our potential (PDF, 1884.4 KB)
- Pumped hydro in our energy system (PDF, 2702.62 KB)
- Last updated:
- 10 June 2022