Borumba Pumped Hydro Project

Lake Borumba has been identified as the first site for a long duration pumped hydro energy storage facility (PHES) in Queensland.


About the project

The Borumba Pumped Hydro project is a 2,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage system at Lake Borumba, located in Imbil, west of the Sunshine Coast.

On 13 June 2023, the Queensland Government announced $6 billion in funding for the Borumba Pumped Hydro project. The total project cost is estimated to be $14.2 billion.

This funding will allow Queensland Hydro to progress with exploratory works, the environmental impact assessment and detailed engineering. It will also support construction, subject to the Project receiving all necessary approvals.

The existing lower reservoir (Lake Borumba) will be expanded with a new dam wall, and a second reservoir will be constructed at a higher altitude. An underground powerhouse will link the two reservoirs together. When electricity is required, water will be released from the upper reservoir through the underground turbines to the lower reservoir.

Pending successful planning and environmental approvals, the project is targeting first power in 2030.

Have your say on accommodation solutions in the region.

Are you a local landowner, social enterprise or business near our Borumba Pumped Hydro Project with the capacity to add extra accommodation facilities? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

To ensure sustainable, long-term solutions, we have opened a Registration of Interest (ROI) for residents in the Gympie, Somerset and Sunshine Coast regions to provide input on the development of our Accommodation Strategy.

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You’re part of our process

Stakeholder engagement is a key priority for us to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for both Queensland as a whole and the local communities.

Our goal is to involve, collaborate, and empower stakeholders and stakeholders groups across all aspects of the Borumba pumped hydro project.  We believe in creating connections, and working in a respectful, responsive, transparent and genuine manner.

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Business opportunities

Our projects will require the expertise of a wide range of suppliers and contractors.

Expressions of interest (EOI), tenders and other opportunities to the market will be released via the QTender portal.

Project resources

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Stakeholder reference group meeting resources
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Project Team Borumba Pumped Hydro