Galilee Power project

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The Galilee Power project is a proposed 900-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Galilee Basin, Australia.

Location

The project would be located 30 kilometres north-west of Alpha and immediately to the east of Waratah Coal’s proposed mine in the Galilee Basin.

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Project summary

The project is associated with Waratah Coal's proposed China First coal mine proposal.[1] Waratah Coal, a subsidiary of Clive Palmer's Mineralogy Pty Ltd, has proposed to build a new 40 million tonnes a year thermal coal export project. The proposed $1.25 billion project would be located approximately 30 kilometres west of Alpha in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia.

However, as the project is contingent on the China First project, there are substantial doubts about the project proceeding. The Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, list the project as "EIS being prepared by proponent". (The company was given the terms of reference for the project in April 2013.) A draft EIS must be submitted by April 2015.[2]

The Australian Government's Bureau of Resources & Energy Economics does not mention the project in its October 2013 assessment of major electricity generation projects.[3]

As of March 2015 the EIS was reported as being prepared.[4] However in April 2015 the Queensland Department of State Development stated the "'Coordinated project' declaration lapsed."[5]

In February 2017 it was reported that Waratah Coal had lodged an expression of interest with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) - the Australian Government-owned Green Bank - to develop Galilee Power project as a $1.2 billion, 900 megawatt carbon capture and storage plant.[6]

In September 2018 Clive Palmer said that he would be seeking an amendment to the draft Environmental Authority for the Waratah Coal project to now include a 700-megawatt power station, associated transmission lines, coal handling facilities, ash containment facility and water storage facility.[7] Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rejected the idea.[8]

Background

In late 2009 the power station was declared a significant project by the State’s Coordinator-General, Colin Jensen. It was proposed that the project be developed in two stages and utilise waste coal from the proposed mine. It was also proposed that the project would incorporate Carbon Capture and Storage. In September 2009 the cost of the project was estimated to be $1.25 billion and employ "up to 1,000 jobs" during construction and 60 when operating.[9]

In 2011 the state government stated that the power station, which has been proposed as comprising two 450 megawatt units, would be built in two stages with the second stage "dependent on demand". The first stage was proposed to be commissioned by 2017. However, the government notes that the "geosequestration of CO2" is proposed to be in the western Galilee Basin but that the $1.25 billion power station pricetag excludes the cost of CCS.[10]

In a departmental media release Jensen stated that the power station "would need to meet the criteria of the State Government’s Climate Q: Towards a greener Queensland strategy, which is focused on moving Queensland towards a low-carbon future".[9]

According to the terms of reference (2013), the power station would use waste coal from Waratah Coal’s tenements, and would utilize integrated gasification combined-cycle technology.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Galilee Power Project
  • Parent: Waratah Coal, a subsidary of Mineralogy
  • Location: The project will be located 30 kilometres north-west of Alpha and immediately to the east of Waratah Coal’s proposed mine in the Galilee Basin.
  • Coordinates: -23.473166, 146.551237 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved (permit application lapsed in April 2015)
  • Nameplate capacity: 900 MW (Units 1-2: 450 MW)
  • Type: Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC)
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: waste coal from Waratah Coal’s tenement
  • Estimated annual CO2:
  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, State of Queensland, April 2013; Initial Advice Statement, Galilee Power, June 9, 2009; Project overview, State of Queensland project website

Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation Project website

Website for Gallilee Power project: http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/assessments-and-approvals/galilee-basin-power-station.html

Articles and resources

References

  1. Waratah Coal, "Galilee Coal Project (China First Project)", Waratah Coal website, accessed June 2014.
  2. "Galilee Basin Power Station", Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, accessed June 2014.
  3. Bureau of Resources & Energy Economics, "Electricity Generation Major Projects: October 2013", Bureau of Resources & Energy Economics, October 2013.
  4. "Galilee Basin: Who wants to capitalise on last undeveloped coal resource in Queensland?" abc.net.au, 16 Mar 2015
  5. "Galilee Basin Power Station", Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, accessed April 2016
  6. Peter McCutcheon, "Clive Palmer company seeking Government assistance to develop clean coal plant in Queensland," ABC News, 27 Feb 2017
  7. Clive Palmer says he is serious about building new coal-fired power station in Galilee Basin, Australian Financial Review, Sep. 11, 2018
  8. 'We don't need Palmer's new coal-fired power station', says Qld premier, Sydney Morning Herald, Sep. 11, 2018
  9. 9.0 9.1 Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning, "Galilee Power Station project declared significant ", Media Release, September 11, 2009.
  10. "Galilee Basin Power Station: Project overview", Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation website, accessed September 2011.
  11. Terms of Reference, State of Queensland, April 2013

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