THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER, 2013 |
A Bright Future For Collinsville Power Station
Whitsunday Regional Council has approved an application by Ratch Australia Corporation
(RAC) for the development of a solar farm at the site of the recently closed Collinsville Power Station.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council is very supportive of Ratch Australia in creating
what would be one of the largest solar parks in the southern hemisphere.
"The development of the Solar PV site is the first step in ensuring that the Collinsville Power
Station becomes a sustainable asset for Collinsville,” Mayor Whitney said.
"This is the type of diversity that is required for the community in helping to re-generate jobs and
ensure longevity in employment in Collinsville," she said.
Collinsville Power Station operated until December 2012. Fuelled by locally mined coal,
it had a generation capacity of 180 MW. It was also responsible for spewing an
estimated 1.34 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year.
The zero-emissions Collinsville Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Station will
involve a 20 - 30 MW solar panel based facility at the site. The Collinsville Solar Thermal Power Station feasibility study will examine
the possibility of also constructing a 30 MW hybrid solar thermal power station at the site
RAC will also investigate the feasibility of using Novatec’s Supernova Linear Fresnel Solar Thermal technology to generate superheated steam to
be supplied to steam turbines to provide mains electricity. A dual fuel boiler
incorporated in the system would be designed to also use gas.
has a portfolio of power generation assets totalling 815
MW; consisting of five thermal power stations and three wind farms. The company
is participating in the upcoming inaugural Australian
Wind Farm Open Day
; offering tours of its Starfish Hill Wind Farm near Cape Jervis in South Australia
and the Windy Hill Wind Farm at Ravenshoe in Queensland.
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