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Frequently Asked Questions

What projects are Bowen River Utilities building?

Bowen River Utilities are delivering three major projects for North Queensland:

- Urannah Water Scheme

- Bowen Renewable Energy Hub

- Collinsville Irrigation Scheme

Urannah Water Scheme will provide much needed water security for North Queensland with a proposed 940,000 ML dam to be built at Urannah and pipeline corridors to Moranbah and Proserpine.

Collinsville Irrigation Scheme will provide 20,000 hectares of master planned irrigation scheme for agricultural use to grow the production capacity of the region and open up export opportunities.

Bowen Renewable Energy Hub is the largest pumped hydro facility in Northern Australia with wind and solar providing additional renewable energy which will feed additional power back into the energy grid to lower the cost of reliable electricity for North Queensland.

Why does North Queensland need these projects?

Bowen River Utilities will provide much needed water security for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions and their growing populations.

At least 30 active projects and 71 new local projects which are currently in need of water will become viable with the help of the projects being delivered by Bowen River Utilities.

Affordable water will become readily available to local industry and farmers will have access to the water they need to grow high-value crops.

During construction almost 1200 jobs will be created and once the water scheme is operational there will be more than 650 new jobs for the region.

How will this project delivery water security?

The Urannah Dam will have a capacity of 940,000 ML, which is over 52% of the capacity of the Burdekin Falls Dam, taking up less than 20% of the land area. The dam will provide up to 103,000 ML of water per year.

Where are the Bowen River Utilities projects?

The project will be located adjacent to the Bowen Basin in North Queensland.

The dam and hydro-electric scheme will be situated 50km from Collinsville in a high rainfall area and two pipelines will deliver water to Proserpine and Moranbah.

Who supports the project?

The project proponent is Bowen River Utilities in partnership with Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, a group of local business leaders and community advocates who are committed to economic growth in the region for the benefit of all North Queenslanders.

What stage is the project up to?

Our final Detailed Business Case has been delivered to the Queensland Government which outlined a cost benefit ratio of 0.95 making it one of the most beneficial water projects in the country. The enabling water infrastructure ensures that for every $1 invested in the entire project by Government, at least $2 will return to the taxpayer.

The Queensland Coordinator General has released the final Terms of Reference for our Environmental Impact Statement and we are currently in the process of completing our comprehensive studies to get our project shovel ready to deliver jobs and water security.


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