Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New peak power station to ease summer demand

    18/11/2005 12:00 AM

    Western Power will have vital back-up to meet soaring energy demands in summer and winter following the official opening of the Kemerton peaking power station today.

    South-West Minister and acting Energy Minister Mark McGowan opened the station today and said the new facility would see an additional 260 megawatts available for the State’s electricity supply grid.

    “This new power station will kick into action during times of high demand,” Mr McGowan said.

    “During winter, electricity demand was about five cents higher than it was last year and we expect that trend to continue into summer.

    “The new station means Western Power will have an additional 260MW of power available on standby when electricity demand is greatest.”

    Mr McGowan said the additional power capacity would also provide opportunities for new and expanding industry in the South-West.

    The station, which has the capacity to burn either gas or distillate, was built by Transfield Services.

    The Minister congratulated Transfield Services for having the power station ready on time and on budget.

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