February 14, 2024

EnergyAustralia today released an animated ‘fly-through’ tour of the Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro project, providing an ultra-realistic depiction of the key elements of the proposed concept design to assist further community consultation on the project.  

The animation can be viewed here.   

In response to community requests for additional information, EnergyAustralia also released additional technical drawings associated with the concept design which are now available on the project website.  

Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro Project Director, Mike De Vink said: “Following the release of the concept design in December, a number of community members have been seeking more information.  The animation and technical drawings provide an additional level of detail to help visualise the project, and we hope they are a catalyst for further feedback.

“We expect to release more information on the project in the coming months as we progress environmental and other studies as part of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will include opportunities to meet the experts involved in our EIS studies to share information about the progress of their work and answer questions.  

“This year we’ll also continue work on benefits sharing with the community, building on the initial workshop we held on tourism and recreation. This will involve identifying specific areas for investment that can deliver meaningful economic and social benefits to the region if the Lake Lyell project proceeds.”

The Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro project is in the feasibility stage with a decision on proceeding likely in the second half of 2025.  The project would be built on EnergyAustralia owned-land and will not require any new transmission lines to be built.

The project has a proposed capacity of 335 megawatts for up to eight hours, with capacity for up to 400 megawatts for a shorter duration, providing energy for at least 150,000 homes.  Energy storage projects like the Lake Lyell project will be essential to keep the lights on as coal-fired power stations retire to reduce carbon emissions.