AGL will spend more than $200 million and create 90 jobs during work to upgrade and maintain the coalfired Bayswater Power Station in Muswellbrook, a key part of our NSW Generation Plan.
The upgrade is among the investments being made by AGL to replace the 1000 megawatt capacity shortfall AEMO identified could follow the repurposing of our Liddell plant in 2022.
The Bayswater upgrade will improve the power station’s capacity and efficiency, providing enough energy for up to 100,000 homes - increasing electricity supply without increasing coal consumption or emissions.
AGL Macquarie General Manager Kate Coates, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald and Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen today announced that the project will now be assessed by the Department of Planning & Environment.
Ms Coates said AGL is investing more than any other energy company in Australia to increase electricity supply and help put downward pressure on prices.
“By replacing the original turbines with modern turbine technology, Bayswater will have an additional 100MW capacity, which is enough energy for up to 100,000 average Australian homes,” Ms Coates said.
“This extra electricity supply will be generated without the need for additional coal use, and therefore without additional emissions.
Subject to approvals, the upgrade works are expected to commence by February 2019 and span four years, with Bayswater’s four turbine sets proposed to be replaced during planned unit maintenance outages.
“This will ensure all Bayswater’s upgraded turbines are fully operational by 2022.
“The project will also create 90 jobs for the duration of each turbine replacement.”
Importantly, the investment of more than $200m over the next four years includes ongoing outage capital expenditure to maintain reliability.
This is in line with previously communicated capital spending to maintain performance for the working life of the plant.
AGL has recently completed a competitive tender process for the works and has contracted Toshiba as the principal contractor for the project.
Press conference: Wednesday, 28 February at 10.30am
Bayswater Power Station Visitors Centre
New England Highway, Muswellbrook
Please stop at the Bayswater Security Gates to sign in, and for site access instructions.
If attending the site please wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and fully covered flat footwear.
A tour of Bayswater Power Station for media and guests will follow the announcement.
AGL is committed to helping shape a sustainable energy future for Australia. We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have more than 3.6 million customer accounts. Proudly Australian, with more than 180 years of experience, we have a responsibility to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy for our customers. Our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we have committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and why we will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.