Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project

The Pioneer Valley and adjacent ranges in the Burdekin catchment have been identified as a preferred second site for a long-duration pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) facility.


About the project

In June 2022, the Queensland Government announced $35 million of funding to identify a second Pumped Hydro Energy Scheme (PHES) site, in addition to the Borumba project announced in June 2021. 

After analysing the available options, the Queensland government identified the Pioneer Valley and adjacent ranges, located approximately 75km west of Mackay, as an area with significant potential for a long-duration PHES facility.  

This was due to its favourable topography and proximity to high-quality wind and solar generation sources in the Central and Northern Queensland Renewable Energy Zones, which could unlock large volumes of renewable energy. 

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Project status

The Project is currently in the initial investigations phase. We are conducting detailed technical investigations to better understand the impacts and benefits of pumped hydro energy storage across the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Project site. 

The studies include geotechnical investigations, environmental, social and cultural heritage assessments. Find out what current works are taking place in your community.  

The outcomes of these technical investigations will also support us to refine our knowledge of the pumped hydro potential between the proposed upper reservoirs in the Burdekin catchment, and the lower reservoir proposed in the Pioneer Valley near Netherdale. 

We will use information gathered during this phase to produce a Detailed Analytical Report, which the Queensland Government will consider as part of its investment decision for the proposed Project. 

Hydro Studies Summary available

The Department of Energy and Climate has released the Hydro Studies Summary report, providing an overview of the state government’s investigations into energy storage through their Queensland Hydro Study. 

The report explains why pumped hydro is needed in Queensland’s future energy system and outlines the investigations and studies that led to the Pioneer Valley being selected as a potential site for pumped hydro. 

It’s important to note the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Project is still in the investigation phase. The project will be subject to rigorous state and federal government approvals before the project can go ahead.  

The government report is available on the Department of Energy and Climate website.  Click here to access it. 

Questions about the report should be directed to the Department via  [email protected].  


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 Pioneer-Budekin 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.

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