Burrendong Dam

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Burrendong Dam
Burrendong Dam is located in New South Wales
Burrendong Dam
Location of the Burrendong Dam
in New South Wales
Country Australia
Location Wellington, New South Wales
Coordinates 32°40′4″S 149°6′25″E / 32.66778°S 149.10694°E / -32.66778; 149.10694Coordinates: 32°40′4″S 149°6′25″E / 32.66778°S 149.10694°E / -32.66778; 149.10694
Purpose Flood mitigation, irrigation, water supply
Status Operational
Construction began 1958
Opening date 1967
Owner(s) State Water Corporation
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Macquarie River
Height 76 metres (249 ft)
Length 1,116 metres (3,661 ft)
Dam volume 6,345 cubic metres (224,100 cu ft)
Spillways One
Spillway type Gated concrete chute
Spillway capacity 13,720 cubic metres per second (485,000 cu ft/s)
Creates Lake Burrendong
Total capacity 1,188 gigalitres (4.20×1010 cu ft)
Catchment area 13,886 square kilometres (5,361 sq mi)
Surface area 8,900 hectares (22,000 acres)
Normal elevation 344 metres (1,129 ft) AMSL
Power station
Operator(s) AGL Energy
Commission date 1996
Type Conventional
Installed capacity 19 megawatts (25,000 hp)
Annual generation 50.9 gigawatt-hours (183 TJ)
Burrendong Dam at www.statewater.com.au

Burrendong Dam is a rock-fill embankment major gated dam with a clay core across the Macquarie River upstream of Wellington in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia. The dam's purpose includes flood mitigation, irrigation, water supply and hydro-electric power generation. The dam impounds Lake Burrendong and is filled by the waters from the Macquarie and Cudgegong rivers and Meroo Creek.

Location and features[edit]

Commenced in 1958 and completed in 1967, the Burrendong Dam is a major dam on the Macquarie River, within the Macquarie Valley, approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Wellington. The dam was built by the New South Wales Water Conservation & Irrigation Commission for the purposes of providing flood mitigation, irrigation, and water supply.[1][2]

The dam wall height is 76 metres (249 ft) and is 1,116 metres (3,661 ft) long. The water depth is 57 metres (187 ft) and at 100% capacity the water level is 344 metres (1,129 ft) AHD. The surface area of the dam is 7,200 hectares (18,000 acres), and the catchment area of the dam is 13,900 square kilometres (5,400 sq mi). At 100%, Burrendong Dam has a capacity of 1,188 gigalitres (4.20×1010 cu ft). On top of this the dam has a further flood mitigation capacity of 480,000 megalitres (17,000×10^6 cu ft).[1] The spillway on the dam is a gated concrete chute, with a release capacity of 13,720 cubic metres per second (485,000 cu ft/s).[2]

Burrendong Dam has twice been recorded at a critically low level of 1.5% in drought. In contrast, however, Burrendong has mitigated potentially devastating floods downstream by using its flood capacity and releasing water in accordance with downstream tributary flows, safely reaching 160% of capacity in 1990 and 152.8% in 2010.[citation needed]

The A$32 million first phase of a major upgrade began in 2010 and is expected to be completed during 2015. This project will bring the dam up to modern safety standards, including the raising of the main dam wall and saddle dam by 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) as well as modifications to the existing spillway, complemented by construction of an auxiliary spillway and fuse plug.[1][3]

Power generation[edit]

A hydro-electric power station generates up to 19 megawatts (25,000 hp) of electricity from the flow of the water leaving Burrendong Dam. The average output is 50.9 gigawatt-hours (183 TJ) per annum.[2] The station was completed in August 1996 and was officially opened on 9 February 1999 by the Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr. At the time, the facility was operated by Power Facilities Pty Limited; and is now managed by AGL Energy.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Burrendong Dam" (PDF). State Water. Government of New South Wales. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. The Australian National Committee on Large Dams Incorporated. 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Burrendong Dam Safety Upgrade" (PDF). Factsheet. State Water of New South Wales. November 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Burrendong Power Station, New South Wales". Power generation portfolio: Hydro-electric. AGL Energy Limited. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

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