In an effort to replace the predicted 1000MW capacity shortfall following the closure of the Liddell Power Station in 2022, AGL has announced a $200 million upgrade to its Bayswater Power Station in New South Wales.
The upgrade of the coal-fired plant, located in Muswellbrook, is expected to create more than 90 jobs.
The Bayswater upgrade will improve the power station’s capacity and efficiency, providing enough energy for up to 100,000 homes – increasing electricity supply without increasing coal consumption or emissions.
AGL Macquarie general manager Kate Coates, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald and Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen today announced the project will now be assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment.
Ms Coates said AGL is investing more than any other energy company in Australia to increase electricity supply and help put downward pressure on prices.
“By replacing the original turbines with modern turbine technology, Bayswater will have an additional 100MW capacity, which is enough energy for up to 100,000 average Australian homes,” Ms Coates said.
“This extra electricity supply will be generated without the need for additional coal use, and therefore without additional emissions.”
Subject to approvals, the upgrade works are expected to commence by February 2019 and span four years, with Bayswater’s four turbine sets proposed to be replaced during planned unit maintenance outages.
“This will ensure all Bayswater’s upgraded turbines are fully operational by 2022,” Ms Coates said.
“The project will also create 90 jobs for the duration of each turbine replacement.”
Importantly, the investment of more than $200m in the next four years includes ongoing outage capital expenditure to maintain reliability.
This is in line with previously communicated capital spending to maintain performance for the working life of the plant.
AGL has recently completed a competitive tender process for the works and has contracted Toshiba as the principal contractor for the project.