Hydro Tasmania and Entura receive engineering awards in Australia

Hydro Tasmania and Entura received recognition during the 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.

Hydro Tasmania won the Infrastructure Project category for its Rowallan Dam upgrade.

Rowallan Dam is a 43-meter-high earth and rockfill dam on the Mersey River. Its upgrade cost $13.4 million and was finished in 2015. It extended the dam’s lifespan by up to 150 years and made it more resistant to flooding and internal erosion, Hydro Tasmania says.

Rowallan Dam impounds water for a 10.5-MW hydroelectric generating station containing a single Francis turbine that began operating in 1968.

Companies that partnered with Hydro Tasmania on the Rowallan project are Shaw Contracting, Hazell Bros., Entura and AECOM (previously URS Consulting), according to a press release.

Entura and Tasmania Irrigation won the Control Systems, Networks, Information Processing and Telecommunications category for the Meander Dam integrated water management system.

The Meander Dam integrated water management system – designed, developed and delivered by Entura – provides accurate, reliable and easy-to-use information to help Tasmanian Integration effectively manage its Meander Dam water storage and associated 1.95-MW Lake Huntsman Power Station hydropower facility, a press release says.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards are run by Engineers Australia.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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