Jobs and construction at Snowy 2.0

Production has commenced at the new Snowy 2.0 precast factory in Cooma, where 130,000 concrete segments are being moulded to line tunnels in the massive pumped-hydro project.

The segments will supply the 3 Snowy 2.0 tunnel boring machines as they excavate and line more than 27 km of tunnels between the Tantangara and Talbingo reservoirs. 

The workforce for the batching plant and segment factory at full operation is about 110, with many of these roles filled by local people. Around 120 people were employed to construct the facility.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, said Snowy 2.0 will reduce volatility, support reliability in the market and bring down power prices.

‘The project is stimulating significant economic activity in regional NSW, not only through the thousands of jobs it will create, but also through the many local businesses that are already benefiting from Snowy 2.0,’ the Minister said.

More than 1000 people are already working on Snow 2.0, with an expected 4000 direct jobs over the life of the project. This includes over 220 jobs during the concrete segment factory construction and operation.

When completed, Snowy 2.0 will increase the Snowy Hydro Scheme’s capacity by 2000 MW and provide 350,000 MW hours of large-scale storage. This will be equivalent to powering 500,000 homes for over a week during peak demand.

Photo: The Snowy 2.0 precast factory in Cooma [Snowy Hydro]

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