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Snowy 2.0 TBM commissioned

Snowy 2.0 will link two existing Snowy Scheme reservoirs, Tantangara and Talbingo, with 27 km of waterway tunnels and a power station with 6 pump-turbines located about 800 m underground. 

Snowy Hydro recently celebrated the commissioning of the first of three TBMs, with the Lady Eileen Hudson TBM set to excavate the 2.6 km main access tunnel and provide access to the site of the project’s underground power station cavern.  

Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad said 1,000 people were already at work on Snowy 2.0. 

“The commissioning of the Lady Eileen Hudson TBM is an important milestone for the project and it’s great to see the cutterhead rotate,” he said.  

“Tunnelling operations will soon be underway around-the-clock at Lobs Hole, building about 40 km of tunnels needed for the project. 

”Overall this project is delivering 4,000 direct jobs and thousands more in the supply chain. 

“Snowy 2.0 is critical for the energy market and consumers and will provide on-demand energy and large-scale storage to underpin Australia’s transition to renewables.”  

The Lady Eileen Hudson TBM will excavate the main access tunnel, before being relaunched underground to excavate the tailrace tunnel to the Talbingo Reservoir intake for a total of 7.9 km. 

For more information visit the Snowy Hydro website.  

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