Tasmania’s Rowallan Power Station gets $30m revamp

Photo of Rowallan Power Station in hilly surrounds with blue sky
Rowallan Power Station (Image: Hydro Tasmania)

Rowallan Power Station in north-west Tasmania is getting a new lease on life thanks to a $30 million refurbishment that will ensure it continues to operate safely and reliably for at least another 30 years.

Hydro Tasmania CEO Ian Brooksbank said the modernisation of the 55-year-old Rowallan Power Station would make it safer and more efficient to operate.

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“This marks a significant step forward in the transformation of Rowallan, integrating cutting edge control and safety systems and upgrades to essential components,” Brooksbank said.

“New control systems will make operation of the power station more flexible, and online monitoring will reduce outages and streamline ongoing maintenance.

Map of the proposed Rowallan Power Station refurbishment

“As Australia’s largest water manager, and largest generator of renewable energy, we have a responsibility to the Tasmanian people to use our precious water resources wisely.”

Hydropower assets have a very long lifespan, but they do require maintenance. Hydro Tasmania’s prudent risk-based management of its assets ensures that refurbishment or upgrade costs deliver value for money for Tasmanians.

“We have an incredible fleet of hydropower assets, but they are aging. It’s important that we invest in modernising and maintaining our power stations, so they continue to deliver safe, secure and reliable power for the next generation,” Brooksbank said.

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Rowallan is the latest in a long list of recent asset improvement works undertaken by Hydro Tasmania, including Poatina, Lemonthyme, and Meadowbank power stations.

The upgrade of Rowallan Power Station is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2024.

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