Burdekin Falls Dam – Saddle Dam & Monolith Improvement Project
Burdekin Falls Dam is located 210 kilometres south east of Townsville on the Burdekin River. It is owned and operated by SunWater and comprises a mass gravity dam and three earth and rock-fill saddle dams. With a capacity of up to 1.8 million megalitres—four times the capacity of Sydney Harbour—the dam supports more than 1000 irrigation, industrial and urban water customers.
Since its construction in 1987, there have been changes to dam safety standards and hydrological information, and the dam needs improving to reflect these changes. A review of the dam’s hydrology is currently being undertaken which will help inform the project design requirements and ultimately the detailed business case being led by Building Queensland.
While the Burdekin Falls Dam Hydro-electricity Facility pre-feasibility study and Burdekin Falls Dam Raising projects are separate projects not included in the scope of the Burdekin Falls Dam—Saddle Dam & Monolith Improvement Project Detailed Business Case, there is a high degree of coordination and regular consultation between the projects to ensure the best value for the State.All Current Business Cases