Snowy Water Licence

Snowy Hydro Limited (SHL), the operator of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, issued with a package of agreements, licences and other regulatory instruments in preparation for corporatisation in 2002. One component of this package was the Snowy Water Licence issued on 30 May 2002 under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 (NSW).

The Snowy Water Licence defines SHL's water rights and obligations and strikes a balance between the competing demands for water for hydro-electricity generation and for the environment. The licence allows SHL to collect, divert, store, and release water by and from the works of the Snowy Mountains Scheme for the 75 year term of the licence. The licence also defines the rules for releases into the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers and imposes environmental flow release obligations on SHL for the benefit of the Snowy River and other montane rivers (the rivers of the Snowy Mountains).

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    Reviews of the Snowy Water Licence

    The licence is subject to mandatory reviews under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 (the Act), initially after five years and then at intervals of 10 years.

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    Have your say: proposed amendments to the Snowy Water Licence - Closed

    We are seeking final feedback into the proposed administrative licence amendments resulting from the Snowy Water Licence Review.