Mott MacDonald, GHD win engineering job for K2-Hydro
The site of the historical Kidston Gold Mine. Source: Genex Power (http://www.genexpower.com.au).
Mott MacDonald and design partner GHD have won an engineering services contract for the 250-MW Kidston pumped-storage hydro project in Queensland, Australia.
The pair have been awarded this job by the joint venture between McConnell Dowell and John Holland Group that is tasked with delivering the AUD-777-million (USD 584m/EUR 491m) project. Genex Power Ltd (ASX:GNX), which owns the scheme, said last month that it achieved financial close.
Mott MacDonald said in a statement that the project includes the conversion of a disused gold mine into a pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant. More specifically, two existing mine pits will turn into reservoirs, while a large powerhouse cavern, waterway shafts and tunnels will be built to enable the transfer of water between those two reservoirs.
The project will be the first such facility to be built in Australia since 1984. It will be tied to 320 MW of solar power generating capacity and a 150-MW wind park.