Chairman of Waratah Coal Pty Ltd, Clive Palmer, has announced plans for the company to build a new AUD$1.54 billion coal-fired power station in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The 700 MW high efficiency low emission ultra-supercritical power station would be established on the mining lease for Waratah Coal’s Galilee Coal Project, approximately 30km north of the Central Western Queensland township of Alpha.

According to Mr Palmer, at full scale, the project will comprise two open cut and four underground mines, as well as supporting infrastructure, and will produce 40 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of high-quality thermal coal for export markets.

The Galilee Power Station will be developed as a contingent component of the overall project, providing the power needs for the mine operations, coal transportation and port operations, ready for export coal to Gladstone and future power needs for the proposed North Galilee coal mine development.

“I am putting my money where my mouth is by announcing this new station so we can power Queensland and help bring down energy costs which continue to escalate,” commented Mr Palmer.

“We anticipate a workforce of approximately 1000 likely to be employed over the 36 to 42-month construction period, and up to 90 operational workforce to be required during the estimated 30-year power plant life,’’ he said.

“As for the larger Galilee Coal Project, the intent is to utilise local workforce wherever possible.”

Construction of the Galilee Power Station is planned to commence in June 2020 and to have a build period of three years for the first unit with the second unit being commissioned six months later.

The commissioning and operations of the high efficiency low emission ultra-supercritical power station would be ready to provide power to the Galilee Coal Project during December 2023.

This timing and scheduling would allow for the Galilee Coal Project to deliver first coal to Gladstone during the first quarter of 2024.

The company is seeking an amendment to their draft Environmental Authority to include a 700 MW power station and associated transmission lines, coal handling facilities, ash containment facility and water storage facility.

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