AGL Loy Yang Power Station

Loy Yang A power station is targeted for closure in 2035 as AGL reshapes its future energy portfolio in one of the most significant decarbonisation initiatives in Australia.

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Community Newsletter

AGL Loy Yang produces a Community Newsletter which provides an insight into our operations and our partnerships with the community.

The newsletter is distributed each quarter to our list of individuals and groups in the community who have an interest in our operations.

AGL Loy Yang Community Newsletter - October 2023 (PDF)

 

We encourage you to sign up to our digital mailing list to receive our Community Newsletter.

You can sign up here.

If you would like to unsubscribe from our mailing list, please email AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Community Forums

At AGL Loy Yang, we take community engagement seriously. We understand the need to brief the broader community on our operational activities, as well as other projects we are involved in. As the Latrobe Valley has power generation built into its DNA, many residents are interested in what we’re up to. 

We hold an annual Community Forum, which is open to everyone who wants to join. The last community forum was held in March 2023, where we sat down with community members and held discussions about the AGL’s vision for the Latrobe Valley Energy Hub, Rehabilitation and Closure, Environment, Community Support, Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project (HESC) and the Loy Yang battery.

If you have any questions about the Community Forum, or would like to know about information that was discussed, please feel free to email us at AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Have your say at the Loy Yang Community Forum

At AGL Loy Yang, we understand that we need to keep the future in focus as our energy landscape changes. That’s why we want to hear your thoughts on our operations and the transition of the Latrobe Valley energy industry at our annual Community Forum. AGL Loy Yang leaders will be there to listen, and provide you with information on current operations and our future plans.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start

Date: Wednesday 17 April

Location: Morwell Innovation Centre, 1 Monash Way Morwell

Register here

At AGL, we understand that there needs to be a benefit to the communities that surround our electricity and gas generation sites. That’s why, in 2019, we launched a specialised Community Offer that is tailored to the communities in which we operate, including the Latrobe Valley.

Visit agl.com.au/CommunityOffer to check your eligibility and to sign up.

The purpose of the Community Dialogue Group (CDG) is to hear from community members and leaders about how AGL Loy Yang can better engage as well as provide an open dialogue to ask questions and discuss local issues particularly involving the energy industry.

The CDG meets quarterly. If you would like to attend a CDG meeting or would like to hear more information on it, please contact us at AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.

Community Partnerships

AGL Loy Yang proudly continues its long association with several organisations. Take a look at just a few of our larger partnerships:

AGL announced its partnership with the North Gippsland Football and Netball League (NGFNL) in 2016. In 2019 we announced a second one-year naming rights sponsorship deal. AGL Loy Yang is in the centre of the NGFNL catchment area, and many of our employees and their families are involved in NGFNL clubs, making this the perfect partnership.

One of the many highlights of our partnership with the NGFNL was in 2017, when we approached AFL Gippsland and the NGFNL about the concept of a local Pride Cup. AGL understands how critical it is to be leader in promoting diversity and inclusion within business and the community. In support of the first ever Gippsland Pride Cup in July 2017, AGL Loy Yang lit up its cooling tower to feature a rainbow and Pride Cup logo promoting this inclusive event and what it represents.

The AGL Loy Yang Traralgon Tennis International is one of the largest events on the Latrobe Valley’s sporting calendar. It is considered a lead-up event to the Australian Open’s Junior Championships and serves as a qualifying tournament for players to become eligible for a Grand Slam.

AGL Loy Yang has sponsored the Traralgon Tennis International for over 25 years, investing over $375,000 over that period. In 2019, the AGL Loy Yang Traralgon Tennis International was nominated for 2019 Most Professional Tournament of the Year and also nominated for 2019 Most Outstanding Club.

In 2019, AGL Loy Yang partnered with Latrobe City Council to bring together the Morwell International Rose Garden Festival, held in November. For the first time, the festival was expanded over two days and encompassed a Midsummer Night Light Show, which was powered by AGL Loy Yang.

Saturday’s garden festival featured garden stalls, workshops, and free children’s activities. The Sunday showcased the Gippsland region’s amazing food and wine producers with tastings, demonstrations, and live music.

Check out the incredible light show below.

Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain

In 2018, AGL announced that it would be participating in a Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project as part of a major collaborative initiative between leading Australian and Japanese companies, as well as the Australian, Victorian, and Japanese Governments.

This project has an important role to play in government and industry’s efforts to responsibly transition to a secure, economically viable, low carbon energy future.

THE HESC project will convert brown coal from the AGL Loy Yang mine into hydrogen at an adjacent site and then transport the gas by road to a liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings. Once converted to liquid, hydrogen will be shipped to Japan using a world first innovative purpose-built carrier.

AGL will provide in-kind support for the HESC pilot project including the land for the plant and up to 160 tonnes of brown coal. Construction works on the pilot plant site at AGL Loy Yang are due to be completed mid 2020. In addition to this project, AGL has established a Hydrogen working group and is investigating renewable energy to hydrogen energy solutions as well.

FAQs

Hydrogen can be produced using various resources such as: coal (incorporating Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology); biomass; or natural gas from nuclear energy or renewable energy sources (i.e. wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and hydroelectric power to split water). The two production methods widely considered to be the most promising are hydrogen from brown coal (with CCS), and hydrogen from renewables.

Hydrogen production from coal is achieved through gasification. Coal gasification works by first reacting coal with oxygen and steam under high pressures and temperatures to form synthesis gas. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting primarily of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2). The synthesis gas is cleaned of impurities, and the carbon monoxide in the gas mixture is reacted with steam to produce additional hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is removed by a separation system. The highly concentrated CO2 can be separated and captured using CCS technology.

Hydrogen from renewables can be produced in several ways, including production from electrolysis, biomass conversion, and solar conversion. Hydrogen production from electrolysis is achieved by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from renewable sources.

One of the goals of the HESC project is to identify how the economics compare between Hydrogen production via coal gasification and electrolysis through renewable technologies.

At this stage, AGL is not amending its current mine rehabilitation plans as a consequence of the HESC pilot project. The Western side of the mine’s rehabilitation is currently underway, in line with AGL Loy Yang’s mining license.

As targeted closure approaches, the mine’s footprint is set to grow East and then South.

Should the HESC project be commercially realised, AGL will engage with the community, government, and other stakeholders as to the future of the AGL Loy Yang mine.

Liquification of the Hydrogen will take place at the Port of Hastings. During the pilot phase of the project, Hydrogen in gaseous form will be transported to the Port in trucks. This method of transportation of hydrogen has been well established and is already utilised at a smaller scale within AGL Loy Yang’s operations.

The Latrobe Valley has the opportunity to play a critical role in the emerging global hydrogen economy. The purpose of the pilot phase of the HESC project is to demonstrate a commercially viable, secure, and reliable supply chain to feed Japan’s growing demand for hydrogen.

As hydrogen technology is further developed and commercially accessible, Australia would benefit from relying less on Petroleum imports and developing transport fuels locally.

For more information, please visit Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain.

Stakeholder engagement

As one of the region’s largest economic drivers and energy providers, AGL Loy Yang has an obligation to frequently engage with key local stakeholders. These stakeholders may include Federal and State Members of Parliament, the Latrobe City Council, relevant Government Department personnel, media as well as key community groups.

AGL is committed to an open, honest and transparent relationship with the communities in which it operates. Sometimes certain information cannot be divulged for legal, technical, or commercial reasons. Should this be the case, we will still endeavour to find an answer.

You can get in touch with us at anytime through the below channels.

AGL Community Complaints and Enquiries Hotline: 1800 039 600

Email: AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Operational matters

AGL Loy Yang is a member of the Integrated Mine Research Group (IMRG) which was formed in June 2016 by AGL Loy Yang, Engie Hazelwood and Energy Australia Yallourn to fulfill requirements from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Recommendation No. 18.

The IMRG held regular meetings and consulted with stakeholders to develop a list of research projects that will be undertaken as part of the 10 year research plan. The funding for each IMRG project will be determined on a project by project basis.

AGL Loy Yang was the first generator to sign up to the Worker Transition Scheme which is an agreement with the Victorian Government and unions to allow ex-Hazelwood workers to transition to other generators including Loy Yang A station and mine.

Environmental matters

The ERC which includes community and regulator representatives, meets quarterly to evaluate AGL Loy Yang’s environmental performance. 
 
Following the group’s interest in community matters, a Community Dialogue Group was set up in 2018 to engage with a larger group of stakeholder and interest groups on Loy Yang operations.

The LVRRS was formed as part of the response to the 2015/16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. 
 
The inquiry noted that for rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mines the pit lakes and the partial backfill below water table are currently most viable options. 
 
The LVRRS will examine and address some knowledge gaps associated with the pit lake rehabilitation option. 
 
The Strategy will involve extensive geotechnical, groundwater and surface water studies, the assessment of potential regional impacts on the environment, and the evaluation of future land use options. 
 
The Victorian Government will provide $12.6 million to fund the preparation of the Strategy which will be led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and oversight by the Victorian Government’s Rehabilitation Commissioner. 
 
The Strategy will be in place by June 2020. 
 
The Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory committee will play a key role in community engagement and act a as conduit to broader stakeholder engagement during the life of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy. 
 
AGL Loy Yang has a representative on this committee.

Community complaints and enquiries

Ask our Online Forum

The AGL Community Engagement Forum is a place to ask questions, provide feedback, or discuss anything about AGL’s operational sites and the communities in which we operate.

Join the conversation

AGL understands that we don’t always get it right, and we want to be informed when we don’t. If you would like to provide any feedback, good or bad, or simply ask some questions, please feel free to get in touch via the following channels:

Complaints and Enquiries Hotline
Call 1800 039 600
Email
AGLCommunity@agl.com.au
Mail

AGL Community Complaints & Enquiries,
Locked Bag 14120 MCMC,
Melbourne VIC 8001

Learn more about how we handle general customer complaints on our complaints page.