Low-emission $4bil power station planned

Posted on 28/01/2010  
Central Queensland will be the focus of an environmental impact study that could see the construction of Australia’s first low-emission, coal-fired power station. ZeroGen hopes to have a 530 megawatt power plant operational inside five years. The $4.3 billion project – which could create 700 construction jobs and 200 full-time operational jobs – was originally planned to include a smaller demonstration clean-coal power station at Stanwell by 2012. The company has confirmed its preference is for the full-scale plant to be built in Central Queensland. Scientists are studying a massive area stretching from Biloela west towards Springsure and Emerald to find the right geological location, close to coal mines. A final site will be determined by a pre-feasibility study which will be completed by June 2010. Locations being considered include Dingo, Blackwater, Comet, Banana, Moura, Baralaba and Woorabinda.

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