Tarong Power Station

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm|Navbar-Australiacoal}}Tarong power station is a 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Australia.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Nanango, Queensland. The Tarong North Power Station is located immediately to the north.

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Background on Plant

The Tarong Power Station is operated by Tarong Energy and is located 180 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. It uses black coal, was commissioned between 1984-86 and generates 1,400 megawatts.[1] The power station sources 7 million tonnes of coal a year from the adjacent Meandu mine.[2]

In mid-October 2012 Stanwell announced that it would mothball two of the plant's five 350MW units due to an "over-supplied energy market with lower than forecast electricity demand". Stanwell stated that the plants would be closed "for at least two years or until wholesale electricity demand improves" in order to "lower its operation and maintenance costs and reduce its carbon emissions.”[3]

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) estimates that Tarong Power Station will operate for the duration of its 50-year life cycle, or until 2037.[4]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Stanwell Corp Ltd
  • Parent company: Stanwell
  • Location: Nanango, Queensland, Australia
  • Coordinates: -26.7836883, 151.9152739 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 700 MW (Units 1 & 2: 350 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1984-85
  • Coal type: Sub-bituminous
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "What we do: Tarong Power station", Tarong Energy website, accessed May 2011.
  2. "What we do: Meandu Mine", Tarong Energy website, accessed May 2011.
  3. "Stanwell to withdraw Tarong Power Station units from service", Media Release, October 11, 2012.
  4. 2018 Integrated System Plan, AEMO, Jul. 17, 2018

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