Moray power station

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Moray power station is a proposed 150-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Queensland, Australia.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the Carmichael Coal Project in the Galilee Basin, the approximate area where the plant would be built.

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Background

In November 2014 the Australian firm RCR Tomlinson announced that it had established the subsidiary Moray Power to develop a 150 MW power station in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.[1] The power station would provide energy for Indian firm Adani Mining's Carmichael Coal Project. The companies expect to seek regulatory approvals and agreement on terms in 2015; it is expected that Moray Power and Adani Mining would enter into a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer agreement for the power station.[2][3]

According to the Moray Power website (2015), operation is planned for 2017/8, depending on the approval process for the Carmichael coal mine.[4]

In its 2015 Annual Report, RCR Tomlinson said it had signed an MoU with Adani Group to build the coal plant, which had been extended to March 2016.[5]

As of November 2018 the Moray Power website has been taken down, and the project appears to have been cancelled.

Carmichael coal project

The Carmichael Coal Project is an open-cut and underground coal mine located approximately 160 kilometres to the north-west of Clermont. Adani has stated that while the initial mine capacity would be 2 million tonnes a year, it could be expanded to 60 million tonnes a year by 2022. Export coal from the project would predominantly service the Indian domestic power market.[6]

In August 2015 a federal court overturned the Abbott government’s approval of the proposed Carmichael mine, finding environment minister Greg Hunt ignored his own department’s advice about the mine’s impact on two vulnerable species, the yakka skink and the ornamental snake. As stated in the Guardian: "The decision leaves Adani, which is yet to secure sufficient financial backing for Carmichael and recently slashed its workforce on the project, without legal authority to begin construction."[7] Shortly after the federal court ruling, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia pulled out of its role as financial adviser to the project,[8] followed by Standard Chartered.[9]

Project Details for New Units

  • Sponsor: Moray Power
  • Parent company: RCR Tomlinson
  • Location: Galilee Basin, Central Queensland, Australia
  • Coordinates: -22.0124509, 146.3835526 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Nameplate capacity: 150 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Galilee Basin
  • Source of financing:

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References

  1. Moray Power Project, CDM Smith, November 2014.
  2. "RCR Tomlinson Establishes Moray Power to Develop Power Station in Galilee Basin," Morningstar, 01 Dec 2014
  3. "EIA," Moray Power, Nov 2014
  4. "FAQ," Moray Power website, accessed January 2015
  5. Annual Report 2015, RCR Tomlinson, Aug 2015, p 18
  6. Adani Group, "Coal Mining", Adani Group website, accessed September 2011.
  7. "Approval for Adani's Carmichael coalmine overturned by federal court," The Guardian, Aug 4, 2015
  8. "Adani Carmichael mine: Commonwealth Bank walks away from financial adviser role for $16 billion coal mine project in central Queensland," ABC Australia, Aug 5, 2015
  9. "Standard Chartered quits controversial Carmichael coalmine in Queensland," Guardian, Aug 10, 2015

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