Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Gas-fired power station given approval

    29/07/2005 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards has approved a proposed gas-fired power station at Kwinana as part of the State Government’s new power supply contract for the South-West.

    Wambo Power Ventures proposes to build a 320-megawatt continuous base load, natural gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine station in the Kwinana industrial area.

    The proposal has the backing of the Environmental Protection Authority, which found the station represented the best practicable technology in terms of greenhouse emissions. The EPA also found that emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) were within national health guidelines and that ambient levels of NOx in the Hope Valley area were not expected to increase.

    Dr Edwards said there had been three appeals against the EPA’s findings, two of which had called for further assessment of the proposal. The main issues related to NOx emissions and concerns that the EPA had not recommended that the proponent be required to provide greenhouse offsets.

    “While the NOx emission levels are within the relevant guidelines, in the interest of minimising emissions, I have encouraged the proponent to consider opportunities for further reductions should the proposal go ahead,” she said.

    “The proponent’s commitment to investigate and, if necessary, remediate potential soil contamination on the site arising from previous flyash disposal also is welcome.

    “I also acknowledge that Wambo Power Ventures has committed to develop a greenhouse management plan and to join the Greenhouse Challenge program, a national initiative through which companies agree to report greenhouse gas emissions and adopt measures to reduce them.

    “The Government also is establishing a greenhouse and energy taskforce to address the whole issue of greenhouse gas emissions from the stationary energy sector that will develop a strategic approach to reducing greenhouse gases.”

    Dr Edwards said there were three other proposals for new power stations as part of the new power supply contract. These were all coal-fired.

    The Minister said she would announce her decision on appeals relating to these proposals following advice and recommendations from the Appeals Convenor.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050