AGL says two units out at Bayswater coal plant, but Loy Yang back by summer

Source: Renew Economy

31 October 2019

Australia’s biggest coal generator and biggest emitter AGL says two units at its Bayswater coal generator in the NSW Hunter Valley are out of action, but the problem-plagued unit at Loy Yang A in Victoria should be back by summer after a long outage.

The news about the two Bayswater units was revealed by AGL in an investor presentation to analysts on Wednesday, although sharp-eyed observers of the National Electricity Market would have also noted their absence.

On Wednesday only one unit from Bayswater was operating, with AGL saying that the unexpected outages at two of the units would lead to a fast-tracking of scheduled maintenance.

Bayswater is one of three coal facilities owned by AGL, with its sister plant Liddell – with which it shares infrastructure, due to close in 2023.

The Loy Yang A brown coal generator in the Latrobe Valley has an official operating life until the late 2040s, but it has been running into a series of problems and one of its units has been out for several months, although AGL said the repairs were on schedule and it should be back in operations on December 16.

That will be a relief for the Australian Energy Market Operator, which is concerned about the fate of that unit and one of the two units at the Mortlake gas generator, which is also suffering a long term outage.

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