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Snowy Hydro's Tumut 3 Power Station is the largest of seven power stations in the Australian Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. These power stations have 31 turbines with a total generating capacity of 3756 megawatts (MW). The Scheme's seven power stations produce on average, 4500 gigawatt-hours of clean renewable electricity each year, to meet peak power demand.
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world. The Scheme collects and stores the water that would normally flow east to the coast and diverts it through trans-mountain tunnels and power stations. The water is then released into the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation.
The Scheme took 25 years to build and was completed in 1974. More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries came to work in the mountains to make true a vision of diverting water to farms to feed a growing nation and to build power stations to generate electricity for homes and industries.
Sixteen major dams, seven power stations (two underground), a pumping station, 145kms of inter-connected trans-mountain tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts were constructed. Even before the Scheme was completed, it was named as one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world.
The Scheme is operated and maintained by Snowy Hydro Limited.
This information is sourced, with permission, from the Snowy Hydro Limited website... http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/
Thanks to Snowy Hydro Limited for allowing this QTVR panoramic photography of the Tumut 3 Power Station for the WWP event.