The Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme Essay by Meeks

The Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme
A look at the history behind and the success of the Snowy Mountains hydro - electric scheme.
# 45193 | 1,570 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2003 | AU
Published on Sep 21, 2003 in Engineering (General) , Architecture (General)

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This paper examines how the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme was Australia?s largest engineering project ever and how it took 25 years to build with strong multi-cultural work force that included thirty different countries, some being European immigrants made homeless by the Second World War. Its purpose was to divert the largely untapped waters of the Snowy and Tumit into the Murrumbidgee River.

What was the Lead Up to the Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme?
Why Can the Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Scheme be Considered Such a Success?

From the Paper:

"For many years during the dry farmers looked up to the snow capped mountains and watched much of the Snowy and other rivers flow, unexploited into the oceans but it was not until 1944 that the idea of a irrigation/power scheme was viably put forward. Later on in 1947 the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian Governments formed a technical committee to explore viable uses for the Snowy River. In 1949 the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act formed a Snowy Mountains Authority, which was put in charge of the daunting task of designing, building and running a duel Power and Irrigation project."

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