Wivenhoe Power Station

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Wivenhoe Power Station
Splityard Creek Dam 2.JPG
Power station at Splityard Creek Dam
Wivenhoe Power Station is located in Queensland
Wivenhoe Power Station
Location of Wivenhoe Power Station in Queensland
Country Australia
Location Wivenhoe Pocket, Queensland
Coordinates 27°22′20″S 152°37′55″E / 27.37222°S 152.63194°E / -27.37222; 152.63194Coordinates: 27°22′20″S 152°37′55″E / 27.37222°S 152.63194°E / -27.37222; 152.63194
Status Operational
Commission date 1984
Owner(s) CS Energy
Pumped-storage power station
Upper reservoir Splityard Creek Dam
Lower reservoir Lake Wivenhoe
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 250 MW
Nameplate capacity 500 MW

The Wivenhoe Power Station is situated between the Splityard Creek Dam and Lake Wivenhoe. The Splityard Creek dam is situated in hills adjacent to Lake Wivenhoe and is about 100 metres (330 ft) above it.[1]

The Wivenhoe Dam has been built across the Brisbane River about 80 kilometres (50 mi) by road from the centre of Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. The body of water held behind the dam is called Lake Wivenhoe.

During the pumping phase in the operating cycle the generator operates as an electric motor driving the pump to lift water from Lake Wivenhoe to the upper storage of Splityard Creek Dam.[1] When peak demand for electricity occurs the flow of water is reversed, flowing from the upper to the lower storage and driving the turbine generator to generate electricity.[1]

The Splityard Creek dam has sufficient capacity for 10 hours of continuous power generation. It takes about 14 hours of pumping to refill it.

The pumped storage power station consists of two circular concrete silos, each of about 32 metres (105 ft) internal diameter.[1] Each of the silos houses a 250 megawatts (340,000 hp) turbine generator spinning at 120 rpm and pump set, giving a total capacity of 500 megawatts (670,000 hp).

The power station is owned and operated by CS Energy and has 13 onsite employees.[2] Twin 275 kV transmission lines connect the power station to Queensland's grid system.

A second hydro-electric power station known as Wivenhoe Small Hydro powered by water discharging from the Wivenhoe Dam into the Brisbane River commenced operation in March 2003. It has a power output of 4.5 MW.

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