South Burnett, Aerial, Tarong Power Station
South Burnett, Aerial, Tarong Power Station Heath Pukallus

Power station responds to pollution report

TARONG Power Station was singled out as the source of Nanango's 60 million kg air pollution problem.

Now, the station's site manager has responded, saying their sites are critical to the state's electricity supply.

Tarong and Tarong North Power Stations, located 45km south east of Kingaroy, operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet Queensland's growing energy demand and keep downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.

A recent conservation report claimed the power station was responsible for nearby township, Nanango having one of the highest levels of air pollution in Queensland.

The report by Australian Conservation Foundation said Nanango was one of the highest air polluted postcodes in the state, producing more than 60 million kg of emissions.

Acting Tarong Site Manager Michael Joy said Stanwell's goal was to safeguard the well-being of the environment and communities, as well as keeping energy affordable.

"We conduct comprehensive ambient air quality, surface water and groundwater monitoring to ensure our operations are not negatively impacting the surrounding community," he said.

"We've made significant investments to ensure the site continues to meet statutory and environmental compliance requirements, while operating as efficiently as possible."

Mr Joy said the Tarong power stations were critical to supplying Queensland with a reliable electricity supply.

"Our current emission level is due to the Tarong power stations increasing generation to meet the growing demand requirements for the state and the National Electricity Market," he said.

"This is an increase in generation compared to previous years where we had units in cold storage, due to periods of low demand.

"These units were returned to service in line with market requirements."

The Tarong power stations, which includes both Tarong and Tarong North are two of the most reliable power stations in the country, achieving world-class availability of 89.6 per cent in the last financial year, Mr Joy said.

Tarong North Power Station is classified as supercritical, making it one of Australia's most efficient coal-fired power stations.

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