Each year, AGL Loy Yang produces approximately 15 TWh of electricity, enough to power over 2 million Australian homes. It is an integral part of Australia's national electricity market.
AGL Loy Yang supplies approximately 30% of Victoria’s power requirements.
Acquired in June 2012, AGL Loy Yang comprises the 2,210 megawatt Loy Yang A power station and adjacent Loy Yang coal mine. AGL Loy Yang uses brown coal, supplied exclusively by the adjacent open cut mine, as the fuel source to generate electricity. The mine has an annual output of approximately 30 million tonnes of coal.
The power station and mine operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pathway for the gradual decarbonisation of our generation
In April 2015, AGL revised its Greenhouse Gas Policy which presented a pathway for the gradual decarbonisation of our generation portfolio by 2050 along with a commitment not to extend the operating lives of our existing power stations. This means that the Liddell power station is the first scheduled power station to close in 2022 with Bayswater and Loy Yang to cease operation in the 2030s and 2040s.
The AGL Loy Yang site is located in the Latrobe Valley, 165 kilometres south east of Melbourne. It covers an area of about 6,000 hectares.
The power station includes four 500+ megawatt turbo generators which were brought into service between 1984 and 1988. Until the year 2000 Loy Yang had a base generating nameplate capacity of 2000MW. Upgrades through major maintenance programs and plant enhancements have taken generation capability to over 2200 megawatts.
A seven year, $60 million ICMS conversion project completed in October 2014, converted all AGL Loy Yang operating units from an ageing analogue system to a state of the art digital control system. The project has been vital to ensuring energy security and reliability of supply to Victoria.