Friday, September 19, 2014

Go underground at Strathgordon this Sunday

HYDRO Tasmania invites the Tasmanian community to take a look inside the Gordon Power Station this Sunday, September 21, as part of a program of events to celebrate the Hydro's centenary. Located about two hours beyond New Norfolk, the Gordon Power Station is the largest in Tasmania.
Commissioned in 1977 with two turbines, it is the only power station on the Gordon/Pedder scheme. A third turbine was commissioned in 1988. Situated 183 metres underground, the power station is supplied with water from lakes Gordon and Pedder. The combination of these lakes is not only the largest storage in Hydro Tasmania’s system but the biggest in Australia.
The Gordon Dam is recognised as a national engineering landmark. It is Australia’s tallest arch dam, and its construction used a unique double curvature that significantly cut costs by reducing the volume of concrete. The dam wall has a walkway which is open to the public.
This is a rare opportunity to see what the inside of a hydro power station looks like and an even rarer opportunity to visit one that is so far underground. Tours will be conducted by Hydro Tasmania employees. Visitors will learn how the water in our rivers and lakes ends up powering the lights and appliances we switch on every day.
Tour details
Date: This Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: Tours will run every 20 minutes from 11.30am until 2.30pm. There is no need to book.
Location: Gordon River Rd, Strathgordon
Tours will depart from the entrance to the Gordon Power Station. Visitors will also be able to wander the dam crest and visit the information centre at the Lake Pedder Chalet hydro.com.au/community/lake-pedder-chalet.
For safety reasons tour group sizes will be limited so there may be a short wait between tours during peak times.

Getting there: From New Norfolk take the B62 to Bushy Park then continue on the B61 through Westerway and Maydena arriving at Strathgordon. Continue on B61 through Strathgordon for another 15 minutes to arrive at the Gordon Power Station.
The following power stations will also be open to the public as part of Hydro Tasmania’s centenary celebrations:
  • Paloona - Sunday, October 12
  • Devils Gate - Sunday, October 12
  • Lake Margaret – Saturday-Sunday 11-12 October 11-12 during the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
  • Waddamana Power Station Museum - Sunday, October 26 (Back to Waddamana Day)
  • Tarraleah Sunday, November 9.

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