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Australia, Victoria - au/27

Hydro Power

  McConnell Dowell Constructors have been awarded a design and construction contract for the Bogong hydro power project by Australian Gas Light (AGL) Southern Hydro in Victoria. It is expected to be the largest hydropower project to be constructed in Australia in 25 years. The scope of work consists of approximately 6 km 5m-diameter headrace tunnel between McKay Creek and Bogong, two vertical shafts, a 1 km steel-lined high pressure tunnel, a power station to house twin 70 MW generators, and a tailrace outfall into neighbouring Lake Guy. The Bogong power station would be built adjacent to Bogong Village at the base of Lake Guy, augmenting the existing Kiewa hydro electric scheme. Bogong is scheduled to be fully commissioned by October 2009. Visit www.macdow.com.au and www.agl.com.au 42/06.