Hydro Tasmania is currently working on a major refurbishment of Lake Echo Power Station, including replacing the turbine runner and overhauling the electrical system that controls the station’s gates and valves. This project is part of the ongoing asset management program that keeps our stations operating safely and efficiently.
As they near completion, the project team need to test the new system before the station can be restarted. Testing will take approximately 8 weeks, from late January and late March 2022. During January to March, they will need to operate Lake Echo dam spillway. When the spillway is being used, large volumes of water run across Lake Echo Road (see red star on the map below), making it unsafe to cross. For your safety, permanent barriers are being installed either side of the spillway and when the spillway is in use, these barriers will be locked.
Please stay alert for changing conditions during the testing phase and obey the temporary road closures and warning signs. Lake Echo dam wall road and the boat ramp will not be affected by this work. If you want to access these areas, we suggest using Mentmore Road to avoid travel delays.