The Tallawarra power station as seen at sunset.

Energy giants ramp up gas-fired Tallawarra and set the record for hydrogen as Forrest’s floating LNG takes shape

Energy Australia says it has ramped up production at its Tallawarra plant on the shores of Lake Illawarra to more than double its standard capacity in response to tight gas market conditions.

Federal Energy Secretary Chris Bowen will convene a meeting of state and territory energy ministers on Wednesday as gas prices rise across the country.

Resources Secretary Madeleine King has negotiated with producers to get more gas into the system.

The Tallawarra gas plant has the potential to generate 435 megawatts of power.

In an average year, Tallawarra usually runs at about 20 percent of its full capacity.

So far this year it has been around 60 percent and last month around 75 percent.

An Energy Australia spokesperson said it continues to work with suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure there are sufficient gas reserves to meet the needs of its customers.

That included supporting existing gas customers and new customers transferred through the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Retailer of Last Resort (RoLR) schemes.

It also went ahead with the construction of a hydrogen and gas-fired power plant Tallawarra B with a capacity of more than 300 MW on the same site.

In April, 735 cubic meters of concrete was poured for the project’s gas turbine plate.

It said the Tallawarra B project would be ready by summer 2023-24, ahead of the planned retirement of the Liddell power station.

Another project it was pursuing near Lithgow in the central west of the state proposes using the Lake Lyell dam, which supplies water to the Mt Piper power station, to form a new 335MW pumped hydroelectric power station. with eight hours of storage.

The proposal has encountered opposition due to: concerns about its impact on biodiversity and tourism

Floating gas terminal better option than new gas fields

Australian billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s energy consortium has weighed in on the national conversation about gas market tensions, urging governments not to approve new coal seam fields, including Santos’ Narrabri gas project.

His company, Australian Industrial Energy, has approved a floating gas import terminal in Port Kembla.

Squadron Energy continues work on the floating gas terminal at Port Kembla.Delivered: Squadron Energy

The company is currently reconstructing a quay in the port and is working on onshore facilities, including a connection to the existing Easter Gas Pipeline after signing a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) contract with a Norwegian company in November 2021.

Australian Industrial Energy chairman John Hartman said FSRU ships have been in high demand since the invasion of Ukraine.

“Our decision to bring the FSRU to Australia for the PKET (Port Kembla Energy Terminal) is highly dependent on the gas retailers committing to using the PKET,” said Mr. Hartman.

He said the company hopes to complete construction by the end of 2023.

He also argued that the Port Kembla project was the best way forward for the country.

“The PKET is an energy security project that enables critical energy supply.

“It will help overcome the short-term supply and transportation constraints of the East Coast market, but with infrastructure that can quickly transition to green hydrogen and other uses of green energy when the time is right.

“Investing in new gas projects will only prolong our dependence on fossil fuels.”

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