AGL seeks extension of Dalton approval
Thursday, 16 March 2017
AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has applied for a two-year extension to the Project Approval of the proposed gas-fired Dalton Power Station in southern New South Wales (NSW).
As Australia moves increasingly towards renewable energy, we must also ensure we meet our baseload energy requirements, particularly at times of peak energy demand. That's why AGL is taking another look at the potential to pursue the gas-fired Dalton Power Station, to contribute to secure energy supply.
Originally approved by the NSW Government in mid-2012 for a gas turbine peaking power station of up to 1,000 MW, AGL suspended the project later that same year due to market conditions.
According to AGL Project Director Nigel Bean, the market landscape has since changed significantly as Australia transitions to a carbon constrained economy, and with this in mind AGL has lodged application for extension to give time to further consider if the station is required.
“The energy landscape has changed and ensuring secure, reliable and affordable energy supply for the state is a priority.
“The proposed Dalton Power Station provides an option for AGL to help NSW meet peak demand and manage its energy security.
“The Dalton Power Station has been designed as a peaking plant so it could add additional generation capacity to the grid as more supply is needed. Also, gas fired turbines operating in an open cycle arrangement are a very effective method of complementing intermittent renewable generation sources,” explained Mr Bean.
The current Project Approval is due to lapse on 30 June 2017. The two-year modification would enable AGL to review the proposed power station in line with new technologies and energy market conditions as well as consult with the local community, landholders and other stakeholders about their views and insights on any potential project.
The NSW Department of Planning & Environment will exhibit the extension application from Thursday 16 March 2017 to Friday 31 March 2017.
During this period, the application can be viewed on the Department’s website and inspected during regular business hours at:
- NSW Department of Planning & Environment, Information Centre, Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney
- Upper Lachlan Shire Council, 123 Yass Street, Gunning
- Upper Lachlan Shire Council, 44 Spring Street, Crookwell
- Nature Conservation Council, 14/338 Pitt Street, Sydney
To find out more or request a meeting with AGL, please email: email@example.com,
Phone: 1800 039 600 or visit: agl.com.au/dalton.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.