Australia-based energy company AGL is planning to upgrade and maintain the coal-fired Bayswater power station with an investment of more than A$200m ($156m).
Located in Muswellbrook, New South Wales (NSW), the plant is being upgraded as part of AGL’s NSW Generation Plan.
By upgrading the Bayswater power station, AGL intends to improve the capacity of the plant to generate enough energy to power nearly 100,000 homes and enhance electricity supply without increasing coal consumption.
The upgrade project is expected to create 90 employment opportunities in the region.
AGL Macquarie general manager Kate Coates said: “By replacing the original turbines with modern turbine technology, Bayswater will have an additional 100MW capacity, which is enough energy for up to 100,000 average Australian homes.
“This extra electricity supply will be generated without the need for additional coal use, and therefore without additional emissions.”
The upgrade is said to be part of a number of investments made by AGL to replace the 1,000MW capacity shortfall identified by the Australian energy market operator (AEMO). The Bayswater upgrade project will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Upon obtaining relevant approvals from the regulatory authorities in NSW, AGL intends to begin the upgrade work by February next year, which will be carried out for a period of four years.
As part of the upgrade, AGL has proposed to replace Bayswater’s four turbine sets during planned unit maintenance outages.