Modern technology for a modern age
The development of BIPS will be finalised later in 2019, in line with the mothballing of four turbines at AGL’s Torrens A generation site. These turbines were commissioned in 1967 and are now more than 50 years old. Torrens A turbines A2 and A4 will be mothballed by March 2020; turbine A1 by November 2020; and turbine A3 by November 2021.
As well as the speed and reliability BIPS will provide, it is much more efficient, requiring 28% less fuel than the Torrens A plant. It’s also much cleaner than the Torrens A plant, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 35-50%.
BIPS’ development began in June 2017; the 18-month construction phase has created around 200 jobs. The site will be maintained by the existing AGL workforce at Torrens Island.
AGL currently employs more than 465 people across South Australia, both at our power generation sites (at Torrens Island; Hallett Wind Farm, approximately 200km north of Adelaide; and Wattle Point Wind Farm, on the Yorke Peninsula) and at our contact centre and Eastwood office.
Firming capacity into the future
BIPS is part of AGL’s broader investment in firming capacity across Australia for a more reliable supply into the future. Of these projects, close to 1,000 MW of supply will provide some of the firming support that the National Electricity Market needs.
In total, AGL has about $1.9b of new energy supply projects completed or in construction, with a further $2b in the pipeline. These projects include: