Origin Energy completes 550MW power station in Australia

21 August 2012 (Last Updated August 21st, 2012 18:30)

Australia’s Origin Energy has completed the commissioning of a second unit at its Mortlake Power Station in Victoria, signalling the formal completion of the 550MW development.

Australia's Origin Energy

Australia's Origin Energy has completed the commissioning of a second unit at its Mortlake Power Station in Victoria, signalling the formal completion of the 550MW development.

The gas-fired power station represents an investment of $810m by Origin Energy, including the associated pipeline.

The 83km underground natural gas transmission pipeline is powered by natural gas sourced from Origin Energy's gas reserves in the Port Campbell area and processed at the firm's Otway Gas Plant.

Located near Mortlake in South-western Victoria, the power station is expected to help meet demand for electricity in eastern Australia.

Frank Calabria, Origin Energy chief executive for energy markets, said completion of the Mortlake Power Station strengthens and adds further flexibility to the firm's power generation portfolio.

"Mortlake represents a significant investment by Origin in Victoria, created hundreds of regional jobs in south-western Victoria during construction and will support a number of ongoing jobs in the local community," Calabria added.

The first unit of Mortlake was completed in January and now, with the completion of the second unit, Origin Energy's total generation capacity grows to 5,900MW of owned and contracted rights.

Origin Energy said it has designed Mortlake power station to provide flexibility to respond to future market conditions and has approval to expand its current capacity in the future.

Australia-based Origin Energy, which focuses on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing, is servicing 4.4m electricity, natural gas and LPG customers.


Image: The 83km underground natural gas transmission pipeline is powered by natural gas sourced from Origin Energy's gas reserves. Photo: courtesy of Origin Energy.