Stanwell Power Station critical to state’s electricity supply

16 November 2018

Stanwell Power Station, 28 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet Queensland’s growing energy demand and keep downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.

Acting Stanwell Power Station Site Manager Angie Zahra said Stanwell’s goal was to safeguard the wellbeing of the environment and communities, as well as keeping energy affordable.

“We conduct comprehensive ambient air quality, surface water and groundwater monitoring, to ensure our operations are not negatively impacting the surrounding community,” she said.

“We’ve invested more than $116 million in Stanwell Power Station over the past two years to ensure the site continues to meet statutory and environmental compliance requirements, while operating as efficiently as possible.

“In addition to our proactive environmental monitoring, we have installed electrostatic precipitators to manage particulate emission and we have also installed low NOx burners to minimise emissions.”

Ms Zahra said Stanwell Power Station was critical to supplying Queensland with a reliable electricity supply.

“Stanwell Power Station produces emissions at the current level because we are a large generator of electricity for the state and for the National Electricity Market.”

Stanwell Power Station is one of the most reliable power stations in the country. Last financial year it sent out 8,132 GWh of electricity, representing more than 14 per cent of Queensland’s total electricity supply for the year.

Stanwell Power Station is also one of the most efficient sub-critical coal-fired power stations operating in Australia.

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Background: Stanwell reports its emissions annually to the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI), an initiative of the Australian Federal Government. The NPI contains information relating to the emissions of 93 substances from industrial facilities, such as mines, power stations and factories, and non-industrial sources including households and transport.

The NPI data records the total quantity of emissions released per facility. As a result, large power stations such as Tarong tend to rate higher under the NPI, than small power stations which produce less energy.