Lake Borumba could be home to Queensland’s newest pumped hydro renewable energy project, and if it proceeds the South Burnett will help transfer the power it generates into the state’s electricity grid

August 11, 2022

Powerlink will be holding meetings in Nanango and Yarraman soon to discuss possible future locations for high voltage power lines.

The company is conducting public consultations as part of the State Government’s investigation of a potential pumped hydro energy storage development at Borumba Dam, near Imbil.

The project has been earmarked as a potential pumped hydro site for nearly four decades.

But in this year’s Budget, the idea gained traction when the State Government approved up to $13 million for technical studies so that a final investment decision can be made.

Powerlink was selected to manage the detailed design and cost analysis on the pumped hydro project.

If it proceeds, new transmission lines will need to be built to connect the pumped hydro facility to the existing network through Powerlink’s Tarong and Woolooga substations.

The aim of the South Burnett meetings is to gather feedback from Nanango and Yarraman residents about their preferred locations for the powerlines that will connect Borumba Dam to the Tarong substation.

The meetings will be held at:

  • Yarraman Memorial Hall on Wednesday, August 17
  • Nanango RSL’s Long Hai Room on Thursday, August 18

Powerlink staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback between 3:00pm and 7:00pm on both days.

Residents who can’t attend either session but would still like to provide feedback can do so on Powerlink’s website


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