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Parangana Dam
Country Australia
Location North-western Tasmania
Coordinates 41°37′48″S 146°13′12″E / 41.63000°S 146.22000°E / -41.63000; 146.22000Coordinates: 41°37′48″S 146°13′12″E / 41.63000°S 146.22000°E / -41.63000; 146.22000
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Opening date 1968 (1968)
Owner(s) Hydro Tasmania
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Mersey River
Height 53 metres (174 ft)
Length 189 metres (620 ft)
Dam volume 382 thousand cubic metres (13.5×10^6 cu ft)
Spillways 1
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Spillway capacity 2,093 cubic metres per second (73,900 cu ft/s)
Creates Lake Parangana
Total capacity 14,820 megalitres (523×10^6 cu ft)
Catchment area 715 square kilometres (276 sq mi)
Surface area 11.4 hectares (28 acres)
Power station
Name Parangana Power Station
Operator(s) Hydro Tasmania
Commission date 2002 (2002)
Type M
Hydraulic head 35 metres (115 ft)
Turbines 1 x 0.75 MW (1,010 hp)
Tyco Tamar Francis turbine
Installed capacity 0.75 megawatts (1,010 hp)
Capacity factor 0.81

The Parangana Power Station is a mini-hydro power station located in north-western Tasmania, Australia. It is located below the rock-filled/clay core Parangana Dam which forms Lake Parangana. It is the only mini hydro electric power station in the Mersey–Forth run-of-river scheme that also contains seven conventional hydroelectric power stations.

The power station was commissioned in 2002 by Hydro Tasmania. It has one Tyco Tamar Francis turbine, with a generating capacity of 0.85 megawatts (1,140 hp) of electricity.

Much of the water from Lake Parangana travels the approximately 8 km to the Lemonthyme Power Station which discharges into the River Forth, however some water is allowed to continue down the Mersey River for environmental reasons, after running through the Parangana mini hydro station.

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