SunWater – Nathan Dam and Pipelines – Queensland - Project Profile
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Sun Water Ltd (SunWater), a Queensland Government Owned Corporation, is planning to construct the Nathan Dam and Pipelines project in Queensland, Australia.
The project involves the construction of roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam of height 185m with storage capacity of the 888,312 mega liters (mgl) and an inundation area of approximately 13,508ha (with an additional 316ha of islands created) from a catchment area of 23,185km2.
The project includes the construction of a 149.3km pipeline from Nathan Dam through the Surat Basin, transformers chamber and underground power house and the installation of safety and security systems.
The project is being funded with US$120 million under Statewide Water Policy by government of Australia.
In 2008, feasibility studies of the project were initiated. In 2009, feasibility study was suspended due to potential risks in obtaining project approvals.
In November 2009, the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA’s) approval was given to proceed with the full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process without completing the translocation trial.
In February 2011, EIS draft of the project completed. In January 2012, EIS for the Project was submitted to the Office of the Coordinator-General for review.
In April 2012, EIS released for public review and comments. In May 2012, land acquisition for the project completed.
In June 2012, Environmental Impact Statement process was delayed due to limited amount of information made available for the project.
In November 2012, SunWater initiated negotiations with mining companies, which will access water from the dam in future.
SunWater is in the process of preparing separate environmental assessment and additional information to the EIS.
The EIS was released for public comment on October 8, 2016, with comments closing on November 7, 2016.
In January 2017, evaluation report for the EIS is being prepared by SunWater.
In May 2017, EIS report was approved for the project.
On July 24, 2017, The project secured environmental approvals for the project. Planning activities are underway.
The project involves the construction of a compacted concrete dam on 13,508ha of land with storage capacity of the 888,312mgl on Dawson River, Queensland, Australia.
The US$1,249 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a 185m height dam
2. Construction of a pipeline of 149.3km
3. Construction of transformers chambers
4. Construction of an underground power house
5. Construction of other infrastructure related facilities
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