Competition in the New South Wales electricity market is set to increase, domestic gas supplies are increasing, electricity supplies need to be amplified and investment in greener energy sources could soon become significantly more attractive. These factors add up to considerable potential for gas-fired generation in the state.
There are six operating large-scale gas-fired power stations in New South Wales with a combined capacity of 2,103.6 megawatts (MW).
The largest at 724 MW is Delta Electricity’s Colongra Gas Turbine, which opened in December 2009. This runs in open-cycle configuration, as does the next biggest station, Origin Energy’s Uranquinty Power Station, which has a capacity of 664 MW.
TRUenergy’s combined-cycle 460 MW Tallawarra Power Station is located in Yallah. Marubeni Australia operates the 160 MW Smithfield Power Facility, a steam turbine that runs on a combination of natural gas and waste heat.