Reece Power Station

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Reece Dam
Reece Power Station is located in Tasmania
Reece Power Station
Location of the Reece Dam in Tasmania
LocationWest Coast, Tasmania
Coordinates41°43′12″S 145°07′48″E / 41.72000°S 145.13000°E / -41.72000; 145.13000Coordinates: 41°43′12″S 145°07′48″E / 41.72000°S 145.13000°E / -41.72000; 145.13000
Construction began1974
Opening date1987
Owner(s)Hydro Tasmania
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment dam
ImpoundsPieman River
Height122 metres (400 ft)
Length374 metres (1,227 ft)
Dam volume2,742 thousand cubic metres (96.8×10^6 cu ft)
Spillway typeUncontrolled
Spillway capacity4,742 cubic metres per second (167,500 cu ft/s)
CreatesLake Pieman
Total capacity300,200 megalitres (10,600×10^6 cu ft)
Catchment area2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi)
Surface area222 hectares (550 acres)
Reece Power Station
Coordinates41°43′25″S 145°08′10″E / 41.72361°S 145.13611°E / -41.72361; 145.13611
Operator(s)Hydro Tasmania
Commission date1987 (1987)
Hydraulic head92 metres (302 ft)
Turbines2 x Fuji Francis turbines
Installed capacity238 megawatts (319,000 hp)
Capacity factor0.85
Annual generation1,025 gigawatt-hours (3,690 TJ)

The Reece Power Station is a conventional hydroelectric power station located in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia.

Technical details[edit]

Part of the Pieman River scheme that comprises four hydroelectric power stations, the Reece Power Station is the final station in the scheme, before the water runs out to sea. The power station is located aboveground at the foot of the rock-filled concrete faced Reece Dam (also called the Lower Pieman Dam) which forms Lake Pieman. Water from the lake is fed to the power station into two independent 250-metre (820 ft)-long tunnels.[2]

The power station was commissioned in 1986 and 1987 by the Hydro Electric Corporation (TAS) and the station has two Fuji Francis turbines, with a combined generating capacity of 238 megawatts (319,000 hp) of electricity. The station output, estimated to be 1,025 gigawatt-hours (3,690 TJ) annually,[1] is fed to TasNetworks' transmission grid via a 13.8 kV/220 kV Fuji generator transformer to the outdoor switchyard.[3]


Both the power station and the dam are named in honour of Eric Reece, the Premier of Tasmania between 1958 and 1969 and again between 1972 and 1975. Reece was a firm proponent of the Hydro-Electric Commission and the development of hydroelectricity in Tasmania.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Pieman". Energy. Hydro Tasmania. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Reece Power Station: Technical fact sheet" (PDF). Pieman Catchment. Hydro Tasmania. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.

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