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Hume is a 58 MW hydro power station located at Hume Dam, the second largest dam in NSW, on the Murray River upstream from Albury-Wodonga. It was commissioned in 1957 and comprises two 29 MW turbines (two English Electric vertical Kaplan turbines, 35m net head).

At a Glance

LOCATION: Albury, New South Wales, Australia

Commissioned 1957

Max Capacity 58 MW

Annual output 194 GWh

Due to the proximity of the station to the New South Wales and Victoria borders, its energy output can be sent to either New South Wales or Victoria or shared.

The station is linked into the high voltage network via a 132kV transmission line to Albury Substation in NSW, and by 66kV transmission line to Wodonga in Victoria.

The Hume Power Station holds a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to operate. Under this licence Trustpower is required to prepare and comply with a Pollution Incidence Response Management Plan (PIRMP), a copy of which is available by clicking here.

Trustpower is required to undertake monthly monitoring of two onsite drains. The results of this and other compliance aspects are reported annual to the EPA in the Hume Annual Return. A copy of the most recent Annual Return is available by clicking here.

Hume Power Station

Environmental Protection Licence No: 10675

Environmental Monitoring Results 2014

Sample point one is the main power station drain, which collects all drainage water from within the power station complex. It is discharged into the Murray River. Environmental sampling is required monthly.

   Sample Point One
  Oil & Grease
 Sample Date  Limit = 10 mg/L
 October 2015  <5
 November 2015  <5
 December 2015  <5
 January 2016  <5
 February 2016  8
 March 2016  <5
 April 2016  <5
 May 2016  <5
 June 2016  <5
 July 2016  <5
 August 2016  <5
 September 2016  <5
 October 2016  <5
 November 2016  <5
 December 2016  <5
 January 2017  <5

Sample point two is the switchyard drain, which collects all rainwater from within the switchyard. It flows into a holding tank. This holding tank is required to be sampled prior to it being emptied. If the results are within the licence limites, then it is discharged into the Murray River. If the results are above the licence limites, a tanker truck will empty the tank and take the water away for treatment.

   Sample Point Two  
   Oil & Grease  Total Suspended Solids
 Sample Date  Limit = 10 mg/L  Limit = 50 mg/L
 October 2015  - -
 November 2015 - -
 December 2015  -
 January 2016  -  -
 February 2016  -
 March 2016  6  <5
 May 2016  <5  <5
 June 2016  <5  <5
 July 2016  -  -
 August 2016  -  -
 September 2016  <5 <5 
 October 2016  -
 November 2016  -
 December 2016  -
 January 2017  -
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