Snowy 2.0 works to re-start after fires

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The Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro expansion in the Snowy Mountains is expected to be the largest renewable energy project in Australia. Lukas Coch/AAP

The devastating bushfires that impacted communities and towns across the NSW Snowy Mountains region have also impacted Snowy Hydro, with the company saying no staff were hurt or injured after they were evacuated from Kosciuszko National Park well before the fire front.

The Snowy 2.0 site at Lobs Hole fared well and all of Snowy Hydro’s power stations are operational.

“Sadly we did suffer major losses in our operational township of Cabramurra. Our sincere thanks goes out to each and every volunteer firefighter and all emergency services personnel. Your dedication and commitment in the face of this disaster has been invaluable,” Snowy Hydro said in a statement.

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“Snowy Hydro has always been a significant contributor to the region’s economy. Our business and progress on Snowy 2.0 will be a key part of the region’s recovery­–let the rebuilding begin!”

“Staff, Snowy 2.0 contractors and project suppliers are currently re-mobilising to site and the bulk of the workforce will be back at work by the end of this week.”

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“The priority following the fire was clearing fallen and dangerous trees from around the main access roads and working closely with the Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife Service to safely recommence work. The immediate tasks for the project are continuing with road construction, the main access portal excavation and site camp set-up, along with replacing lost ancillary equipment.

“There are many local businesses already involved with Snowy 2.0 and we know how important it is for the local economy for project work to continue. With the Snowy Mountains economy facing the challenge of recovery, rebuilding the local economic and social benefits of a major regional infrastructure project like Snowy 2.0 will be more critical than ever.”