Community consultation is underway for a pumped hydro energy plant outside Lithgow in central west NSW after preliminary studies by Arup confirmed it is technically feasible.
With pumped hydro set to play a significant role in the State’s transition to renewable power, leading energy retailer and generator EnergyAustralia commissioned Arup to investigate a new scheme using its existing 34 gigalitre Lake Lyell dam.
Arup has provided strategic advice and technical expertise on pumped hydro projects locally and internationally. The team in Australia led the development of the pumped hydro roadmap for the NSW Government that took the expansive Australian National University hydropower data, developed an assessment and value criteria then overlaid geospatial analytics that set the course for NSW pumped hydropower.
Previously Arup completed the feasibility study of the 500 megawatt Dungowan PHES development, was the co-development partner with EnergyAustralia on the pumped hydro proposal for Cultana in South Australia and developed a number of projects in the UK, Mexico, Chile and South Africa.
Initial studies indicate the Lake Lyell facility could produce 350 megawatts of electricity with more than eight hours of storage – enough to power more than 150,000 households during peak periods – with the advantage of being located near major transmissions lines.