Snowy 2.0 full steam ahead

Snowy 2.0 trucks on Lobs Hole Ravine Road.

Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad has moved to assure the Snowy Valleys community that the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project will proceed as normal despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is all in full swing; we are going ahead,” he said.
Mr Broad said a large chunk was blasted out of the rock face last week.
“The team are all working flat-out,” he said.
“It is all on track.”
He insists his organisation is not being blasé about the virus, especially with the large number of new cases being diagnosed daily.
“We are observing all the precautions; we are getting people tested,” he said.
“When something like this happens there’s no better place to be than in the mountains.”
Mr Broad said that the workforce was 97 per cent Australian, including a large group of South Australians who have decided to stay on for nine weeks (the South Australian border is closed) to keep the job going.
He said it had been a difficult period with the fires and then rain, but that work was on track.
“We are currently waiting on some approvals, including for some road modifications at Lobs Hole and works at Hollow Flat,” he said.
The Snowy 2.0 project will link the two existing Snowy Scheme dams, Tantangara and Talbingo, through underground tunnels and an underground power station with pumping capabilities.
Hydro power will be generated by falling water spinning Snowy 2.0’s giant reversible turbines, which can also pump water in the opposite direction.
Snowy 2.0’s pumping capabilities will work in a ‘closed’ system; water is recycled between the upper dam (Tantangara) and lower dam (Talbingo) so the same water can be used to generate power more than once, making the most of available water.
Snowy Hydro already has pumped hydro capabilities at the Tumut 3 Power Station.