Power station is back at full capacity
TARONG Power Station is firing all cylinders for the first time in years after the final inactive unit was put back in operation.
Tarong site manager Dennis Franklin said unit 2 was put back into operat
ion on Sunday, bringing all four units back online.
"Officially it came back on at 1.30am on Sunday morning," Mr Franklin said.
"We are really pleased to see it back in service."
The unit was put into cold storage three-and- a-half years ago, due to an ongoing oversupply in the energy market.
It was due to be put back online early last year, but was delayed due to similar market conditions that led to the original shutdown.
Stanwell CEO Richard Van Breda said market conditions had changed rapidly in the last 12 months.
"That is in response to an uptick in electricity demand. February 1 we saw record demand in Queensland for the first time in five years," Mr Van Breda said.
Mr Franklin said the increase in demand was not because of more people putting on their air-conditioners, but from major industrial projects.
"It's been a gradual increase, the LNG plants have come online and they need a lot of electricity to pump," Mr Franklin said.