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Alinta Energy is an Australian electricity generation company which has 11 power stations in Australia and one in New Zealand.

Coal fired power stations

  • Northern power station in South Australia is operated by Flinders Power, a subsidiary of Alinta Energy. The power station was commissioned in 1985 and has an installed capacity of 540 megawatts. The sole supply of brown coal for the power station is from the Leigh Creek mine, which is also owned and operated by Alinta Energy.[1] The power station had a refit in 2005.[2] For the first time ever, the plant was shut down during the winter months of 2012 and recommissioned for summertime operation.[3] The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report that Alinta has advised it that the Northern Power Station will be "fully operational in the summer but only available over the next two winter periods after a recall time of three weeks. From October 2014 Northern Power Station will return to normal operation all year."[4]
  • Thomas Playford B power station in South Australia is operated by Flinders Power, a subsidiary of Alinta Energy. It uses brown coal, was commissioned in 1963 and was refurbished in 2005. The station generates 240 megawatts. The sole supply of coal for the power station is supplied from the Leigh Creek mine.[1] Alinta expressed interest in negotiating a compensation package to shut the Playford power station as a part of the Contract for Closure Program.[5] However, in September 2012 the federal government abandoned the program without reaching agreement to close any of the most greenhouse gas polluting plants.[6] Alinta stated that "whilst not currently operating" the Playford plant "remains available for recall subject to market conditions including the impacts of carbon pricing."[2]

Handout from carbon tax package

Alcoa of Australia received $14,901,959.75 of the $1 billion cash payments given out in 2011/12[7] to the operators of the most polluting coal-fired power stations. The cash was paid from the Energy Security Fund which was established as a part of the carbon tax legislation passed in 2011.[8][9]


Contact details

Alinta Energy
Level 7, 50 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 2 9372 2600
Facsimile: +61 2 9372 2610

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alinta Energy, "Flinders", Alinta Energy website, accessed December 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alinta Energy, "Contract for Closure", Media Release, September 9, 2012.
  3. Alinta Energy, "Northern Power Station return to service", Media Release, September 14, 2012.
  4. Australian Energy Market Operator, "2012 South Australian Electricity Report", August 2012, page 22.
  5. Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, "Contract for Closure", Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism website, accessed June 2012.
  6. "Contract for Closure negotiations cease", Media Release, September 5, 2012.
  7. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency,"Generation complexes eligible to receive Energy Security Fund cash payments", Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website, July 9, 2012.
  8. Australian Government, "An overview of the Clean Energy Legislative Package", Clean Energy Future website, accessed January 2013.
  9. Energy Security Council, "About the Council", Energy Security Council website, accessed January 2013.
  10. Ash Development Association of Australia, "Membership", Ash Development Association of Australia website, accessed June 2011.

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