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The Snowy 2.0 Exploratory Works Application was approved in February 2019.


The Exploratory Works investigate the ground conditions at the proposed location for the 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
  • upgrade and establishment of site access roads.



The Department assessed the application for Snowy 2.0’s Exploratory Works, taking into account environmental, social and economic impacts, community and stakeholder submissions and advice from other government agencies.


The Minister for Planning determined the proposal in February 2019.


All documents relating to the application are available on the Department’s Major Projects website.


More information

To find out more about the project and existing applications, you can:

  • visit the Department’s Major Projects website
  • visit the Snowy Hydro Website
  • call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you prefer an interpreter, please call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language, then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


Page last updated: 26/09/2019