Hunter Power Project

Progress and approvals

The Hunter Power Project has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Government and it is going through a rigorous and transparent planning and environmental approvals process.

Project milestones

2021
2021

Hunter Power Project announcement

19 May 2021

Snowy Hydro Managing Director and CEO Paul Broad and Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor MP announce the Hunter Power Project on-site at Kurri Kurri.

Mitsubishi Power engaged

27 September 2021

Following a competitive procurement process and global search, a contract was signed with Mitsubishi Power to deliver two 330MW world-leading and hydrogen-ready F-Class open cycle gas turbines (OCGT). The Hunter Power Project will underpin greater investment in renewables, firming up an estimated 1.5 to 2GW of renewables from within Snowy’s portfolio. That’s equivalent to 160,000 household solar installations.

Business case released

17 October 2021

The Hunter Power Project is based on a strong business case and will have a double-digit internal rate of return in the order 12.3%. It will build on Snowy’s record of sound and strategic investments. 

Environmental Impact Statement

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been developed for the Hunter Power Project, addressing the project’s environmental, social and economic impacts. The EIS is assessed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as part of the approvals process.

The EIS details Snowy Hydro’s proposal to construct an open cycle, gas-fired power station near Kurri Kurri, NSW. The Hunter Power Project proposal involves developing  and operating a power station with a capacity of up to 750 megawatts, an electrical switchyard and associated supporting infrastructure. 

The station would operate as a “peak load” generation facility, able to supply electricity at short notice when there is a requirement in the National Electricity Market. 

For gas operation, a new gas lateral pipeline and gas receiving station would be required. These would be developed, constructed and operated separately by a third party, and they will be  subject to a separate environmental assessment and planning approval. 

The Hunter Power Project has a capital cost of approximately $610 million, and is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2023.

You can read the full Hunter Power Project EIS here. Supporting documents including appendices are available on the DPIE Major Projects portal.  

EIS Main Report

Approvals process

Snowy Hydro will review submissions and prepare a report that responds to the issues raised.

The EIS and final reports are considered by the Department when making an assessment and recommendation to the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Approval from the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces is required for Snowy Hydro to begin construction.

The Hunter Power Project will also require approval from the Commonwealth Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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