The Tarong power stations critical to state’s electricity supply

20 November 2018

The Tarong power stations, located 45 kilometres south east of Kingaroy, 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 Tarong Site Manager Michael Joy 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,” he said.

“We’ve made significant investments to ensure the site continues to meet statutory and environmental compliance requirements, while operating as efficiently as possible.”

Mr Joy said the Tarong power stations were critical to supplying Queensland with a reliable electricity supply.

“Our current emission level is due to the Tarong power stations increasing generation to meet the growing demand requirements for the state and the National Electricity Market. This is an increase in generation compared to previous years where we had units in cold storage, due to periods of low demand. These units were returned to service in line with market requirements.”

The Tarong power stations, which includes both Tarong and Tarong North, is one of the most reliable power stations in the country, achieving world-class availability of 89.6 per cent in the last financial year.

Tarong North Power Station is classified as supercritical, making it one of Australia’s most efficient coal-fired power stations.


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