Senate debates

Monday, 13 August 2018

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers


3:06 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Training) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to provide some additional information in relation to questions asked by Senator Marshall today. Senator Marshall asked questions about modelling of the Energy Security Board. I can advise that more than 2,800 megawatts of new dispatchable capacity is expected to be built between now and 2030, under the modelling that the Energy Security Board has undertaken as it relates to the National Energy Guarantee.

He further asked about investment in new thermal generation. I can highlight that, for example, AGL is investing $295 million in a new 210-megawatt gas-fired power station in Barker Inlet, South Australia, to replace two of the four Torrens A turbines; that AGL has also committed to a 100-megawatt upgrade to the Bayswater Power Station and a 252-megawatt gas peaker in Newcastle; and that EnergyAustralia, for example, plans to invest $400 million in a new 400-megawatt gas plant in Tallawarra, New South Wales.