Aurora thanks Tamar Valley Power Station employees

Employees of Aurora Energy’s Tamar Valley Power Station were thanked on the eve of the asset’s transfer to Hydro Tasmania.

The Tamar Valley Power Station is capable of producing 390MW of electricity, comprising three generating units: a 210MW Mitsubishi combined cycle unit, a 60MW Rolls Royce open cycle gas turbine and three 40MW Pratt and Whitney gas turbines. The station is the largest consumer of gas transported into the state via the undersea Tasmanian Gas Pipeline from Victoria.

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Dr Peter Davis said the station’s contribution to Tasmania’s energy security over the past four years could be attributed to the employees at the Bell Bay site as well as those in supporting roles in wholesale energy trading.

“The Tamar Valley Power Station is capable of producing about 14 per cent of Tasmania’s total electricity generation and it plays a critical role in our energy security by taking the pressure off our hydro storage dams,” he said.

Dr Davis said he was particularly proud the company was able to complete the construction of the station on time and well under its original $451 million budget.

“We can all thank station manager Tony Ciffo and his team for their excellent safety record and operational reliability since the commissioning in October 2009,” he said.

“Our employees who are transferring go with our best wishes and we are proud to see the station handed over to Hydro Tasmania in such good shape.”

The transfer of the Tamar Valley Power Station to Hydro Tasmania is occurring as part of sweeping electricity industry reforms ahead of full retail electricity competition and the merger of Transend Networks with Aurora Energy’s electricity distribution activities in mid-2014.