Demolition to begin at AGL’s Torrens A Power Station

Torrens Island Power Station (Torrens A)
Torrens Island Power Station (Image: Shutterstock)

AGL has confirmed demolition work at Torrens A station in Adelaide will begin in October, with McMahon Group appointed as demolition contractor for the first phase.

AGL began progressively closing Torrens Island A Station in September 2020, with two units closing at that time. The third unit closed in September 2021, and the final unit closed in September 2022.

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The demolition works will take approximately two years. This contract will involve the turbine hall equipment removal and demolition works to flue ducts and cooling water infrastructure.

AGL plans to recycle 90% of the scrap steel during the demolition.

AGL chief operating officer Markus Brokhof said, “The appointment of McMahon Services as the demolition contractor for Torrens A Station marks another important milestone as we transition the Torrens site into a low carbon industrial energy hub.

“Decommissioning work at the power station has been underway since the last of the four units closed in September 2022, making the site ready for the demolition phase to begin in October this year.

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“Some of the key infrastructure will be retained and repurposed as the site transitions into the Torrens Energy Hub over the coming years.

“The Torrens site is a great example of the energy transition in action. In the last three years we have closed Torrens A power station, built a gas peaking plant, and built and opened the second largest battery in Australia providing flexibility and storage for the South Australian energy grid.”

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