EnergyAustralia has today announced an $80 million upgrade of its Mt Piper coal power generator near Lithgow, as a part of a plan to secure the plant's future for another 24 years and help stabilise the east coast power grid.
The 1400 megawatt Mt Piper, which is between Wallerawang and Portland, helps to make the power grid more reliable and keep power outages down.
The upgrade was announced by EnergyAustralia managing director Catherine Tanna and key stakeholders this morning.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP welcomed the boost to the region: “This is a tremendous announcement that is sure to have an immeasurable impact on the community of Lithgow and surrounds”. Mr Toole said. “This isn’t just about securing the state’s power supply, it’s about securing growth and jobs for the Lithgow community.”
Last month, 87 per cent of power produced in NSW came from black coal power generators, showing this part of the country’s reliance on the power source.
Mt Piper itself is NSW’s newest black coal power station, and supplies almost 15% of the state’s electricity. “This investment by EnergyAustralia is significant. It shows their commitment to this plant, its future and its employees.” Paul Toole MP said.
“The plant is considered an important energy asset for New South Wales and the local Lithgow community, providing direct and in-direct jobs for around 250 people and contributing around $40 million each year to the local economy.”
The turbine upgrades will increase economic activity in the Lithgow region during the upgrades with around 100 workers expected to contribute to the project.