What people don't understand is the Hells Gate Dam study is about agriculture and power generation, not just water for Townsville. This is an extract from this report into the study about power transmission.http://www.copperstring.com.au/assets/fi...nk-%20final.pdf
The Pentland scheme would be capable of providing 400 MW of base load power and an
estimated 1,000 megalitres a year of ethanol. It would require the construction of a dam on the
upper Burdekin River at Hellís Gate which will also be used to generate a further 100 MW of
Water released from the dam will then be diverted some 150 km to flat arable
land south east of Pentland to irrigate 120,000 ha of sugar cane. Two large scale ethanol plants
will then turn the cane into 1,000 mega litres of ethanol and the left over sugar cane fibre will
fuel steam electricity generators producing 400 megawatts of electricity for 16 hours a day. A
400 megawatt solar concentrator will be installed to produce steam to run the generators for
another 8 hours a day.
The timing of the project as it stands would depend on the construction of the dam at Hellís
Gate. This major water project has been under consideration for a number of years as one of a
number of options looking to develop agriculture in North Queensland through increasing the
area of land under irrigation.
The project would be in competition for funds with a proposed
upgrade to the Burdekin Falls dam and other major water programs in Queensland. A feasibility
study into a 30 MW hydro power station at the Burdekin Falls dam is also underway. The
earliest date at which construction of a dam at Hellís Gate would realistically proceed would be
early next decade.