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Community Alerts

Here you will find updates on active alerts relating to CleanCo generating assets and dams.

ACTIVE ALERT

There is currently an active alert for Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station.

In December 2023, extremely high water levels in the Barron River caused significant damage to critical infrastructure at the Kuranda Weir which stores water required for power generation. As a result the Barron Gorge Power Station is currently inoperable.

Click here to find out more information about the Kuranda Weir Recovery Project. 

Updated 07 February, 2024. 

AssetComment
Splityard Creek DamAlert level: YELLOW
Active monitoring occurring of possible event

No action required by the community at this time.
(key messages about nature of event)

CleanCo is actively monitoring the situation.

Please continue to check this page and other communication channels for
further updates.

What do the alert status’ mean?

Alert Status Meanings
Alert (Yellow)Active monitoring occurring of possible event
Lean Forward (Amber)Community should stand by for further information
Stand Up (Red)Depending on the extent of the event, community may be asked to evacuate.
Actively seek further information and be ready to evacuate if advised
Stand Down (Green)Risk has been reduced or resolved. No further action required.

Overhauls

Routine maintenance activities are required to enable the ongoing safety and reliability of our assets. These maintenance activities, which require the generators to be taken out of service, are planned in advance and in consultation with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). However, there are times when unplanned outages are required.

Outages typically involve one generation turbine coming offline at a time, full outages where all turbines are offline are scheduled on a 4-5 year cycle. 

Natural river flows remain unaffected by outages. 

Water releases to enable generation will be reduced during outages dependent on the number of turbines that are offline. For example, at Kareeya during a partial outage when one turbine is offline, the power station can generate max 66MW, releasing 66ML down the river. 

StationOutage commencesOutage ends (inclusive)
Koombooloomba6 June 20236 October 2023
Barron Gorge7 August 202330 September 2023
Kareeya11 September 202315 September 2023
Kareeya25 September 202329 September 2023
Barron Gorge2 October 202320 October 2023
Kareeya16 October 202320 October 2023
Kareeya30 October 20233 November 2023

Updated 17 April 2023 | NOTE: These timings are subject to change without notice.

Dam Management

CleanCo has three dams which support energy generation for our assets.

Koombooloomba Dam

Location30km south of Ravenshoe
Storage Capacity186,750 ML
Area1600 ha
Catchment area163km2

Located 39km by road south-east of Ravenshoe on the Tully River in north Queensland, Koombooloomba Dam is the storage reservoir for the Koombooloomba and Kareeya hydros.

Koombooloomba Dam is accessible to the public for recreational use however when the capacity is below 25% or above 90%, restrictions apply for vessels powered by engines in excess of 3 kilowatts or 4 horsepower.

CleanCo proactively manages the water levels of the dam through generation activities.

Dam failures are extremely rare, however it’s important that neighbours and people downstream of dams know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.

View the Koombooloomba Dam Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Keep up to date with current community notifications above.

77.8%
Current capacity –
Koombooloomba Dam
14 Feb 2024, 4:55 am

Splityard Creek Dam

Location30km north-west of Ipswich
Storage Capacity28,700 ML
Area104 ha
Catchment area3.8km2

Located above the Wivenhoe Pumped Storage Hydro Power Station in the Somerset Region, Splityard Creek Dam is the upper reservoir for hydro generation. This dam is not accessible to the public for recreational water activities.

Water levels in Splityard Creek Dam are not published as water is released and pumped on a regular basis as required to meet energy generation needs. CleanCo proactively manages the water levels of the dam through generation activities.

Dam failure is extremely rare, however it’s important that neighbours and people downstream of dams know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.

View the Splityard Creek Dam Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Keep up to date with current community notifications above.

Swanbank Cooling Water Dam

Location10km south of Ipswich
Storage Capacity863 ML
Area27 ha
Catchment area744 ha

Swanbank Cooling Water Dam is the main water storage facility for the Swanbank E Power Station, located on Oaky Creek just upstream of Bundamba Creek near Ipswich. The water is used to cool steam exhausted by the power station’s steam turbine during generation.

Water levels in Swanbank Cooling Water Dam are not published and the dam is not accessible to the public for recreational water activities.

Dam failures are extremely rare, however it’s important that neighbours and people downstream of dams know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.

View the Swanbank Cooling Water Dam Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Recreational River Use

CleanCo is committed to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the communities within which we operate, with a focus on supporting local businesses and community initiatives. We are committed to engaging with the paddling community to support the continuation of recreational water activities on the Tully and Barron rivers.

Upcoming overhauls

At times, the Kareeya and Barron Gorge hydros are taken out of service to allow for maintenance activities to take place. While every effort is made to plan these works in advance, there are times when unplanned outages are required.

Keep informed about upcoming planned overhauls

Staying safe on our waterway

Water levels in Tully Gorge and Barron Gorge can increase and decrease rapidly and without warning.