Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project
John Holland is to deliver the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Far North Queensland, an innovative project that involves the world-first conversion of a disused gold mine into a pumped storage hydroelectric power generation facility.
With delivery partners McConnell Dowell, John Holland will work on the first-of-its-kind natural battery storage facility that has the potential to generate up to 250 MW of rapid response, flexible power to Australia’s National Electricity Market.
The project will create 800 jobs and will be a gamechanger for the clean energy industry worldwide as it is an entirely new approach to large-scale energy storage.
The project is being led by Genex Power and along with requiring the conversion of two existing mine pits into reservoirs, involves the construction of significant underground infrastructure including a large powerhouse cavern and waterway shafts and tunnels to allow the transfer of water between the upper and lower reservoirs to generate power during peak periods and return water back to the upper reservoir during off peak periods.