Pacific Energy owns two hydro stations located in South East Victoria. These two power stations have a combined generation capacity of 6MW and have been in operation since 1992. The two stations are the:
- 2.5MW Blue Rock hydro-electric power station
- 3.5MW Cardinia hydro-electric power station
These power stations are supported by long-term contracted water rights. Cardinia also has a long-term power purchase off-take agreement with Energy Australia. Blue Rock is a registered Small Aggregated Generator under the National Electricity Market (NEM) rules and will sell electricity at NEM spot prices beyond 2014.
The Blue Rock Power Station is a 22kV 2.6MW hydroelectric power station, located at Blue Rock Dam, approximately 130km east of Melbourne in the Latrobe Valley. The Blue Rock Power Station was developed, designed and is project managed by Pacific Energy personnel, with the turbine and generator supplied by Kvaerner.
The Cardinia Power Station is a 22kV 3.5MW hydroelectric power station, located at the Cardinia Reservoir, 40km east of Melbourne, Victoria. The Cardinia Power Station was developed, designed and is operated by Pacific Energy personnel, with the turbine and generator supplied by Kvaerner.
The Cardinia Reservoir is part of Melbourne’s drinking water storage system. It has a maximum capacity of 290,000MI and is supplied via a penstock from Melbourne Water Corporation’s network of dams. The penstock is 12.5km long and originates at the Silvan Reservoir. This penstock is the direct means of supplying water to the Cardinia Power Station.
Energy Australia is the sole off-taker for the renewable energy produced by Cardinia pursuant to a long-term power purchaser agreement expiring in 2023.