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Kidston pumped storage project, Queensland

Event organised by The British Tunnelling Society

09 February 2023

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Kidston will be the world's first conversion of a gold mine into a hydroelectric pumped storage facility – setting a benchmark for similar conversions globally. It is also the first pumped hydro plant to be built in Australia since 1984.

This transformative project by renewable energy and storage company Genex Power, will be the cornerstone of a renewable energy zone (REZ) that will provide clean, cheap and firm power to the area.

The existing site comprises two gold mine pits with more than 100 years of operations. These pits will be converted into the top and bottom reservoirs for the Kidston pumped storage project.

Significant underground infrastructure, including a large powerhouse cavern, waterway shafts and tunnels to allow the transfer of water between the reservoirs will need to be engineered.

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17:30 - 18:00

Tea & coffee

18:00 - 19:30


19:30 - 20:30

Post lecture drinks in ICE Kendal cafe, One Great George Street


Clare Onal

Clare Onal

Mott MacDonald

Chartered Civil Engineer

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Clare Onal

Clare is a chartered civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the design and management of tunnels and underground works with a background in engineering geology and rock mechanics.

Key experience includes design, management, geotechnical interpretation and site supervision for a variety of major international hydropower, water supply, energy and transportation projects.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell