Joint Media Release

Historic Snowy deal now complete

MC 42/18

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Federal Member for Wentworth

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy
Federal Member for Kooyong

3 July 2018

The Turnbull Government has now taken full ownership of Snowy Hydro Limited in a deal that paves the way for the Snowy 2.0 project to proceed to a final investment decision by the independent Snowy board.

The historic agreement is part of our plan for a stronger economy. It will help generate more affordable, reliable electricity, and create new jobs.

The deal will also fund congestion-busting infrastructure, with more than $6 billion in Commonwealth funds flowing to New South Wales and Victoria for productive infrastructure investments.

Snowy Hydro will continue to operate as an independent commercial company and, most importantly, this iconic infrastructure will remain in public ownership.

Snowy Hydro is a critical player within the National Electricity Market (NEM). The company owns and operates 5500 MW of generation capacity including the iconic Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Snowy 2.0 is a proposed expansion of the Snowy Mountains Scheme and will provide an additional generation capacity of 2000 MW, enough to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes at peak demand.

The project will help make renewables reliable, reduce volatility in energy markets and provide other services critical to the security of the NEM.

Earlier this year, the Snowy 2.0 feasibility study found that:

  • the project is technically feasible – it can be built and Snowy Hydro have a base-case design and detailed construction schedule;
  • the project is financially feasible as it meets Snowy Hydro’s stringent investment hurdles; and
  • Snowy Hydro can finance the project itself using retained earnings and borrowing.

The Snowy Hydro Board is expected to make a final investment decision on the Snowy 2.0 project later this year.

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Media Contact(s): 

For Minister Cormann: Julia Burns - 0484 312 671
For the Prime Minister: Prime Minister's Press Office - (02) 6277 7744
For Minister Frydenberg: Kane Silom - 0438 225 175

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Perth