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Alinta Announces Closures in Port Augusta


Source: ABC, 11 June 2015

Coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta in South Australia, and the outback mine which supplies them, will close from early 2018 or possibly sooner, Alinta Energy says.

The company said its Northern and Playford B power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine would not operate beyond March 2018 and might close even sooner.

The closures are not expected before next March but were inevitable as operations had become "increasingly uneconomic", according to the company.

Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery said 438 workers stand to lose their jobs, 258 of them at Leigh Creek and 180 at Port Augusta

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