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More power from Loy Yang

More power from Loy Yang

AGL Loy Yang upgrade to produce more power

AGL has announced a $25 million upgrade to the Loy Yang A coal-fired power station which they say will deliver increased and more efficient generation while creating local jobs.

AGL Loy Yang General Manager Nigel Browne said the Unit 2 Turbine Project would create 15 megawatts of additional generation capacity and improve efficiency, without increasing coal consumption or emissions.

He said the work was scheduled to be completed during the next major maintenance program on unit 2 in 2020.

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“This project involves replacing low pressure turbines and feedwater heaters,” Mr Browne said.

“They will be installed as part of the maintenance program scheduled in 2020 which is expected to create about 100 jobs for contractors and sub-contractors, many of whom are from the Gippsland area and include former workers from the Hazelwood power station.

“This is additional to AGL Loy Yang staff who are involved in these projects.”

Mr Browne said the additional generation capacity would help fill a reliability gap in the Victorian electricity market forecast by the Australian Energy Market Operator from 2022 onwards.

“This project will help to address that shortfall while improving efficiency of the Loy Yang A station and creating local employment,” he said.

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