AGL starts construction on $295m power plant in South Australia

WCN Editorial Team 6 Feb 2018 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Australia-based AGL Energy has begun construction on $295m Barker Inlet Power Station in South Australia.

The new power station will replace two of the four Torrens A turbines which AGL will progressively mothball from 1 July 2019.

The four Torrens B turbines will continue to operate as usual.

The plant will provide increased reliability and security for the people of South Australia and will be operational in the second half of 2019.

Nearly 200 people are expected to be employed during construction.

AGL CEO Andy Vesey said: “We’re investing $295m in constructing a 210MW gas plant using reciprocating engines, which will deliver more reliable, dispatchable power to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

“This high-efficiency, flexible plant will be in place before other capacity is retired so we can deliver an orderly energy transition.

“The Barker Inlet Power Station units will be able to ramp from zero to full capacity in five minutes, and are 28% more efficient than the Torrens A Station units they will replace. This will deliver gas savings of the same order, reducing costs and lowering emissions.

“As we move towards the staged mothballing of the first two units of Torrens A, we are delivering new investment in modern, fit-for-purpose generation which will supplement and replace the plant coming to the end of its useful life.”

In January 2018, the company had announced that it will offer Amazon Alexa voice control to AGL customers, which will make it easier for them to manage their energy at home.

AGL customers can sign up to use the intelligent voice service on Amazon Alexa-compatible devices.

Customers will be able to ask Alexa key questions about their energy bill by enabling the AGL skill for Alexa.

The company said it is committed to exiting its coal-fired generation by 2050 and will continue to develop innovative solutions for the customers.

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