Delegates visit Australia’s first carbon offset power station

International delegates at the Tallawarra B site (carbon offset)
International delegates at the Tallawarra B site

EnergyAustralia has welcomed a delegation from Sydney Energy Forum, including Assistant Climate Change and Energy Minister, Jenny McAllister, to view the construction of its Tallawarra B power station—Australia’s first carbon offset gas and hydrogen power station. 

EnergyAustralia trading, transition and reputation executive Ross Edwards said he was pleased to be able to show the group around the company’s flagship project in the New South Wales Illawarra region. 

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“The 316MW power station will help to transform Australia’s energy system when it’s completed in time for the summer of 2023/24—just as Liddell power station retires. The events over the past weeks have demonstrated how critical diverse and secure forms of energy like Tallawarra B will be for the people of New South Wales,” Edwards said.   

“Tallawarra B will fire up quickly, within 30 minutes, stepping in when the supply of renewable energy is low to help keep the lights on for around 150,000 homes. It’s just what our modern energy system needs—fast and flexible generation that complements renewables. 

“We see the Tallawarra B project as helping the government achieve its hydrogen agenda, by kick starting demand for hydrogen and contributing to making the Illawarra a hydrogen hub.”  

The delegation also toured EnergyAustralia’s existing gas-fired Tallawarra A power station.   

“Tallawarra A has really proved its worth over recent weeks, running at around seven times the volume compared with the same period last year. It’s played a vital role in supplying power to our NSW customers during the energy crisis,” Edwards said.

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EnergyAustralia and GE have been working closely to provide GE’s hydrogen-ready gas turbine technology at Tallawarra, which will be GE’s first 9F unit to operate on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas globally. 

The tour was organised as part of Sydney Energy Forum, co-hosted by the Australian Government and International Energy Agency, with the aim of securing clean energy supply chains for the Indo-Pacific. Senator Jenny McAllister was joined by more than 50 executives from a range of Australian and global corporations and international agencies. 

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