Dr Anthony Lynham


Somerset Dam to add 4.1 megawatts of renewable energy to Qld’s grid

7 November 2016 –

Somerset Dam’s hydro-electric plant is set to get a major refurbishment increasing Seqwater’s capacity to produce renewable energy for Queensland’s electricity grid.

Once the work is finished the Somerset Dam plant will generate electricity through the flow of water from Somerset Dam into Wivenhoe Dam. The plant, which first came on-line in 1954, has been out of action since it was inundated and damaged during the January 2011 floods.


The plant will require an almost complete rebuild before it can generate power again – the result will be a virtually as-new hydro-electricity generator supplying power to the Queensland grid. This refurbishment isn’t just replacing the original components – a number of key improvements are being made to make the plant much more efficient. These improvements will increase the plant’s capacity from 3.2 megawatts before the floods to 4.1 megawatts.

Hydro-electricity is Queensland’s second largest source of large-scale renewable energy with over 200 megawatts of installed capacity. Hyrdo-electricity is very reliable and can easily be brought on-line or taken off-line as required to meet peak demand.

Somerset Dam will remain one of the region’s major drinking water storages but will now have the added benefit of being able to produce green energy.

This project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to transition to a clean energy future – and for Queensland to source 50 per cent of it’s power from renewables by 2030.


Other major hydro-electricity projects include the project to covert the disused Kidston Gold Mine into a hydro/solar electricity generator (click here for more information http://www.dranthonylynham.com.au/recycling-an-old-gold-mine-into-a-renewable-energy-project/ ).

For more information on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to source 50 per cent of our power from renewable sources visit http://www.dranthonylynham.com.au/50-renewable-energy-target-and-future-jobs/