CLOSING TIME?: Tarong Power Station opened way back in 1984. But just how much longer can we expect to generate energy from the 35-year-old turbines?
CLOSING TIME?: Tarong Power Station opened way back in 1984. But just how much longer can we expect to generate energy from the 35-year-old turbines? Katherine Morris

How much life is left in the Tarong Power Station?

THE Tarong Power Station opened back in 1984. But for how much longer can we expect to generate energy from the 35-year-old turbines?

The Australian Energy Market Operator publishes the expected closure date and year for scheduled and semi-scheduled generators within the National Electricity Market.

According to the NEM data as at August 20, 2019, of the four Tarong units, numbers one and two are expected to close in 2036.

Units three and four are expected to close in 2037.

By these figures, the Tarong Power Station, which cost in excess of $1 billion to build, will cease to be in use in less than twenty years.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said there were a range of technical and commercial issues and market conditions were taken into account to forecast life expectancy for generation assets and potential closure dates.

"Decisions to continue to operate a power station, for example by refurbishing it to potentially extend its operating life, ultimately lie with the owner,” he said.

"In Queensland, our electricity assets, including Tarong power station, belong to Queenslanders.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government is wholly committed to keeping those assets in public hands.”

It remains to be seen what will happen to the hundreds of Tarong Energy employees if, and when, the Tarong Power Station does shut down for good.

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