AGL proposes to construct and operate an initially 500 to 600 megawatt (and ultimately up to approximately 920 megawatt) gas turbine power station on rural grazing land approximately 7km west of Willatook, 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.
Running on gas, the 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. The power station would form part of the electricity markets response when old high emissions coal plants are withdrawn from the market. Gas turbine plants would play an increasingly important role providing firm capacity to back up intermittent renewable generation. As “peakers”, gas-fired power stations are important when demand peaks – particularly during summer months when energy use is high.
Stakeholder consultation is a very important part of the development process and AGL welcomes enquiries and feedback. Please refer to the contact details below for more detail or otherwise additional information can also be found on the Downloads page.
A wide range of comprehensive studies are completed that enable evaluation of the impact on ecology, landscape, cultural heritage, visual amenity and other environmental factors such as noise and air emissions. All studies undertaken as part of regulatory approval applications have been formally exhibited and are available on our website for download on the Downloads page.
The Victorian Minister for Planning, Hon. Matthew Guy MP has approved the Planning Scheme Amendment for the Power Station. AGL will continue its community consultation process and seek additional approvals and licences required to progress the development. AGL will continue to monitor market conditions prior to making a final investment decision on the proposed station.
The Tarrone Power Project would be constructed and operated on an area of approximately 15ha within 75ha of land that comprises the site. The site is used for grazing and it is expected that this would continue if the project proceeds. The site has been selected due to its proximity 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.
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