Guthega Dam

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Guthega Dam
Guthega dam in winter.jpg
Guthega dam in winter
Guthega Dam is located in New South Wales
Guthega Dam
Location of the Guthega Dam in
New South Wales
Country Australia
Location Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
Coordinates 36°22′50″S 148°22′09″E / 36.38056°S 148.36917°E / -36.38056; 148.36917Coordinates: 36°22′50″S 148°22′09″E / 36.38056°S 148.36917°E / -36.38056; 148.36917
Status Operational
Opening date 1955
Owner(s) Snowy Hydro
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity dam
Impounds Snowy River
Height 34 metres (112 ft)
Length 139 metres (456 ft)
Dam volume 44,100 cubic metres (1,560,000 cu ft)
Spillways 1
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Spillway capacity 1,416 cubic metres per second (50,000 cu ft/s)
Creates Guthega Pondage
Total capacity 1,604 megalitres (56.6×10^6 cu ft)
Catchment area 91 square kilometres (35 sq mi)
Surface area 19.4 hectares (48 acres)
Power station
Operator(s) Snowy Hydro
Commission date 1955
Type Conventional
Hydraulic head 246.9 metres (810 ft)
Turbines 2
Installed capacity 60 megawatts (80,000 hp)

Guthega Dam is concrete gravity dam with an uncontrolled spillway across the Snowy River in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The dam's main purpose is for the storage of water used in the generation of hydro-power . It is the first to be completed of the sixteen major dams of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a vast hydroelectricity and irrigation complex constructed in south-east Australia between 1949 and 1974 and now run by Snowy Hydro.

The impounded reservoir is called Guthega Pondage.

Location and features[edit]

Guthega dam is one of the sixteen major dams of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. It was completed in 1955 and is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northwest of Perisher Valley, in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council. The dam was constructed by Semler Engineering based on engineering plans developed under contract by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority.[1]

The dam wall, comprising 44,100 cubic metres (1,560,000 cu ft) of concrete, is 34 metres (112 ft) high and 139 metres (456 ft) long. The uncontrolled spillway is capable of discharging reservoir overflow at rates up to 1,416 cubic metres per second (50,000 cu ft/s). At 100% capacity the dam wall holds back 1,604 megalitres (56.6×10^6 cu ft) of water with a surface area of 19.4 hectares (48 acres) The catchment area is 91 square kilometres (35 sq mi), including the Guthega river, Pounds creek, Farm creek and the upper reaches of the Snowy River.[1][2]

Guthega dam: upstream face

Power generation[edit]

Approximately 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) downstream of the dam wall and using water from Guthega Pondage, is the above ground Guthega conventional hydroelectric power station. Commenced in 1951 and completed in 1955, the power station has two Francis turbines comprising English Electric generators, with a combined generating capacity of 60 megawatts (80,000 hp) of electricity; a net generation of 172 gigawatt-hours (620 TJ) per annum; and has 246.9 metres (810 ft) rated hydraulic head. Water flows through the turbines at the rate of 28.3 cubic metres per second (1,000 cu ft/s).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. The Australian National Committee on Large Dams Incorporated. 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dams". Snowy Mountains Scheme. Snowy Hydro. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Guthega Hydroelectric Power Station Australia". Global Energy Observatory. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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