Keepit upgrade

Keepit Dam

  • Construction on the right-hand abutment spillwayLocated on the Namoi River, 30km upstream of Gunnedah
  • Dam completed in 1960
  • Storage capacity of 425,510 megalitres

About the upgrade

  • Cost: in excess of $100 million
  • Funded by: the NSW Government

Description

Upgrade to comply with ANCOLD and contemporary safety standards. Construct two spillways, three saddle dams and works to the main dam wall. Storage capacity and water releases will not be altered by the upgrade.

Benefits

  • Improved ability of dam to withstand extreme floods and earthquakes
  • Stimulating local economy during construction
  • Increased sustainable regional development
  • Improved environmental outcomes through implementation of a biodiversity offset plan

Milestones

Construction of two spillways (work package one)

  • 2009 August - Completion of design
  • 2010 March - Commence construction
  • 2011 September - Complete construction

Raise the main dam wall (work package two)

  • 2010 - Design completed
  • 2014 - Commence electrical relocation
  • 2015 - Complete electrical relocation
  • 2016 - Commence post-tensioning
  • 2018 - Complete post-tensioing
  • Possible further works to follow post-tensioning

Updates

  • 2014 December - Preliminary electrical works complete
  • 2014 July - Preliminary electrical works 50% complete
  • 2014 January - Tender awarded for preliminary electrical works
  • 2013 April - Tender awarded to remove right abutment cofferdam
  • 2011 October - Works package one completed
  • 2011 June - Road base material donated to Lake Keepit Soaring Club
  • 2011 February - New amenities handed back to Keepit State Park
  • The Community Construction Liaison Group meeting regularly throughout the project for updates
  • Construction progressing according to schedule
  • 2010 March - Construction commences
  • 2010 January - NSW Government announces funding for upgrade

Fact sheets

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Associated documents

Media releases

Contact

Project Manager: Nava Jeyachandran
Phone: 1300 662 077
Email: enquiries@statewater.com.au