Hydro Tasmania Consulting to develop six Australia mini-hydros

Melbourne Water has awarded a A$25 million (US$23 million) contract to Hydro Tasmania Consulting to supply and construct six mini-hydropower projects on water supply reservoirs.

The six plants, which will total 7 MW, are to be built at Preston, Olinda, Mt. View, Upper Yarra, Notting Hill, and Silvan reservoirs.

Hydro Tasmania Consulting, a subsidiary of utility Hydro Tasmania, said Tyco Tamar is to supply mechanical, electrical, and control equipment, while Geotechnical Engineering is to perform civil work.

�This project will showcase true Tasmanian innovation and excellence,� Hydro Tasmania Consulting General Manager Michael Brewster said. �Hydro Tasmania Consulting can access an enviable range of expertise in the development of renewable energy projects such as this one.�

Brewster said the consultant has completed detailed design of the project. He said the next stage is supply, construction, and commissioning of the six plants. The projects are to produce 40 gigawatt-hours annually and offset up to 52,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

�The project win follows a successful mini-hydro development we did for SA Water (in South Australia) in 2003 and two mini-hydro developments in Tasmania on the Mersey Forth River and at Butlers Gorge,� Brewster said

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