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The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 1 Exploratory Works for the Snowy 2.0 project is now on exhibition for public comment.


Snowy 2.0 was declared "critical" State significant infrastructure (CSSI) in March this year because of its potential to contribute to future security of our energy system, the economy and the environment.


The Stage 1 EIS relates to exploratory works to investigate the ground conditions at the proposed location for a new 2000 megawatt underground hydro-electric power station in the Snowy Mountains.


The exploratory works application involves:

  • establishment of an exploratory tunnel, construction pad and portal;
  • establishment of a construction compound and supporting infrastructure, including an accommodation camp;
  • excavated rock management;
  • emplacement of excavated rock in Talbingo Reservoir;
  • establishment of barge infrastructure at Talbingo Reservoir; and
  • upgrade and establishment of site access roads.



The Department of Planning and Environment has placed the EIS for Snowy 2.0’s exploratory works on public exhibition and encourages the community to contribute their views.


The Department issued environmental assessment requirements for the EIS for the application in May 2018. At this stage, the EIS is being exhibited for public comment. The Department has already encouraged key stakeholders to have their say in the early phases of the project and will continue to consult the broader community through subsequent phases.


This EIS addresses the environmental, social and economic impacts of exploratory works. These works will allow a greater understanding of the underground geological conditions at the proposed location of the power station. A separate EIS will be prepared for later stages of the project.


The broader program of works being considered for Snowy 2.0 involves up to five stages, including the construction of a pumped hydro storage and generation project and major upgrades to the NSW transmission system to connect the proposed power station to major load centres across the state.


Each stage of the project requires a separate approval and EIS, which will be publicly exhibited to provide the community an opportunity to comment on each stage.


The Department will continue to engage with local councils in coming months, as well as hold community information sessions and provide ongoing information about Snowy 2.0 through local media.


Following the exhibition period, the Department will comprehensively assess the EIS and any issues raised in public submissions.

Have your say

Exhibition period for the EIS will be from Monday 23 July until Monday 20 August.


The Department held two community information sessions:


Session 1:

All Saints Anglican Church
6-8 River Street, Tumut
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
6pm to 8pm


Session 2:

Monaro Car Clubhouse
11 Bolaro Street, Cooma
Thursday, 2 August 2018
6pm to 8pm.


The information sessions were held to assist the local community to better understand the assessment process and how to make a submission on the proposal.


Related information:


Make a submission

Page last updated: 16/08/2018