Hydro capacity accounted for 16.3% of total power plant installations globally in 2022, according to GlobalData, with total recorded hydro capacity of 1,387GW. This is expected to contribute 11.7% by the end of 2030 with capacity of installations aggregating up to 1,557GW. Of the total global hydro capacity, 0.60% is in Australia. Listed below are the five largest active hydro power plants by capacity in Australia, according to GlobalData’s power plants database. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of the global hydro power segment. Buy the latest hydro power plant profiles here.

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1. Tumut 3

The Tumut 3 is a 1,800MW hydro power project located in New South Wales, Australia. Post completion of construction, the project was commissioned in 1972. Snowy Hydro own the project. Buy the profile here.

2. Murray I

The 950MW Murray I hydro power project is located in New South Wales, Australia. Snowy Hydro has developed the project. It was commissioned in 1966. The project is owned by Snowy Hydro. Buy the profile here.

3. Wivenhoe PSP

The Wivenhoe PSP is a 570MW hydro project. CleanCo Queenland owns the project. It was commissioned in 1984. It is located in Queensland, Australia. Buy the profile here.

4. Murray II

The Murray II hydro project with a capacity of 550MW came online in 1969. Snowy Hydro have the equity stakes in the project. It is located in New South Wales, Australia. Buy the profile here.

5. Gordon

The Gordon has been operating since 1977. The 432MW hydro project is located in Tasmania, Australia. Hydro-Electric have the equity stakes in this project. Buy the profile here.

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Plants database, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide.