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QH launches consultation for a 2 GW pumped hydro project in Australia

The Australian developer Queensland Hydro (QH) has launched a public consultation phase for its 2 GW Borumba pumped hydro project in the state of Queensland, north-eastern Australia. The AUD 14.2bn (US$9.6bn) Borumba project, located in Imbil, west of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, involves the construction of a new dam that will replace the existing Borumba Dam wall and raise Lake Borumba’s storage capacity from 46 to 224 gigalitres. Pending successful planning and environmental approvals, the project is targeting first power in 2030.

In 2023, Queensland released a draft version of its Energy Bill 2023 setting a target for renewables in power generation of 50% by 2030, 70% by 2032, and 80% by 2035. The state aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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