South Australia Gets New Power Station

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South Australia Gets New Power Station

It's taken some time, but AGL is ready to replace its 50 year old 480MW Torrens Island A station.

The new gas fired power station will be less than half the old ones capacity at 210MW.

It'll be ready by 2019 and create about 200 construction jobs.

The multi-million dollar investment nearly didn't happen after the State Government announced a $360 million gas-fired plant in March.

That prompted AGL to take another look at its own plans.

But the Government says its new station won't be a market competitor and will only exist as a back up option in times of emergency.

Just across the Port River, rival firm ENGIE plans on boosting its own power station at Pelican Point to 479MW from July 1 after doing deals with clients including Origin Energy.

Meantime five bidders have been shortlisted in the tender to build Australia's biggest battery, paid for by the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

Work is expected to begin on AGL's new power station in August.

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