New power station kicks in

Representatives from government, industry and the local community tour the new Braemar Two power station near Dalby yesterday.
Representatives from government, industry and the local community tour the new Braemar Two power station near Dalby yesterday.

MATT Walker showed government officials, industry representatives and farmers around his $546 million workplace for the official opening of the Braemar Two power station yesterday.

The acting manager fielded questions from Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe on the inner workings of the station.

Representatives from owners ERM and Arrow Energy were also in attendance to get a closer look at the coal seam gas operation.

Mr Hinchliffe said the power station would cut carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent and water consumption by up to 90% compared with coal-fired stations.

“The addition of Braemar Two to the Queensland power grid will help deliver a long-term, reliable and secure power supply to the market,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Landholders and ancestral landholders local to the site 40km south-west of Dalby were also invited to inspect the station.

ERM Power chairman Trevor St Baker said it would provide three per cent of the combined electricity requirements of Queensland and New South Wales.

“By using cleaner burning coal seam gas as a fuel source instead of coal, the power station addresses the increased demand for lower carbon electricity in Australia’s eastern states,’’ Mr St Baker said.

Braemar Two has been producing electricity since June 12 this year.

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