The Queensland Minister for Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson says that a new waste gas fired power station in the Bowen Basin will have the same environmental impact as taking 350,000 cars off the road.
“That means reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents,” he said.
Robertson yesterday officially opened the $60 million, 45 megawatt, Moranbah North Waste Coal Mine Gas Power Station.
Owned and operated by Energy Developments, the power station will supply base load power using methane-rich waste gas supplied by Anglo Coal’s Moronbah North coal mine.
Robertson said that the power station represents a necessary balance between the need to reduce carbon emissions and the importance of the coal mining industry.
“The production of energy in the era of climate change is a global challenge and in terms of reducing our carbon footprint from power generation, clean coal, geothermal, solar thermal and natural gas are vital,” he said.
“However, the importance of a sustainable and robust coal industry to Queensland’s economic and social stability should not be underestimated.
“Projects like this one represent a significant step forward in enhancing the sustainability of the coal mining and electricity generation sectors.”
Anglo Coal’s work with waste gas power generation has seen the Moronbah North mine shortlisted in the Coal Mine of the Year category for the Australian Mining Prospect Awards to be held in November.