Project

Lake Onslow Pumped Hydro

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Lake Onslow Pumped Hydro

The proposed Lake Onslow Pumped Hydro project, located north-east of the Clutha River, New Zealand, would comprise a pumped hydro storage project with up to five terrawatt hours of storage capacity.

The project forms part of the NZ Battery program, which is considering possible solutions to New Zealand’s dry year electricity problem. Other options include:

  • biomass, biogas and biofuels
  • geothermal energy, including novel approaches to using it
  • hydrogen or other green vectors (green ammonia)
  • compressed or liquid air, and
  • flow batteries.

Key Dates

Oct 2021 Project Announcement

PROJECT HISTORY

Oct 2021 The Te Rōpū Matatau consortium, comprising Mott MacDonald New Zealand, GHD and Boffa Miskell was awarded the contract to conduct a feasibility study into the project.
Oct 2022 The Te Rōpū Matatau consortium, comprising Mott MacDonald New Zealand, GHD and Boffa Miskell was awarded the contract for targeted engineering, environmental planning and geotechnical feasibility investigation.
Sector
Energy
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New Zealand |
Resources
Media releases
2021/10/14
Tender notices
2022/04/14