Running on gas, the proposed Tarrone Power Station would provide a cleaner source of power that would ultimately assist to reduce reliance on coal-fired power, a long-term aspiration of a cleaner Victorian economy.
Proposed peaking power station
The permitted Tarrone Power Station is initially a 500 to 600 megawatt (and ultimately up to approximately 920 megawatt) gas turbine power station on rural grazing land approximately 35km west of Macarthur, Victoria. Timing for a final investment decision hinges on the supply demand balance of electricity in Victoria, which will be influenced by demand for electricity as well as retirement of existing power stations and construction of new power generation facilities.
AGL has no immediate plans to begin construction on this project. However, should AGL’s generation portfolio requirements change, AGL will undertake consultation with the local community to ensure all stakeholders' views are heard and considered before a commitment is made to commence construction.
The proposed Tarrone Power Station will be constructed and operated inside a 15ha area of the 75ha site. Today the site is used for grazing and we expect this will continue if the project proceeds. The Tarrone site was selected because it’s close to high voltage power lines, gas pipeline and appropriate set-back from nearest residences. The site is also the location where the Macarthur Wind Farm connects to the electricity transmission network.