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September
24
2016

Hazelwood shutdown: Victoria's power station set to close

 

Source: The Age, 24 Sep 2016


Victoria's dirtiest power station will shut down permanently as early as next April, in a blow to the Latrobe Valley that could cost up to 1000 jobs.


The owner of the Hazelwood plant, French energy giant Engie, is expected to hold a board meeting on October 19 or 20 to finalise a decision to close the aging brown coal-fired plant.


But Fairfax Media believes the company has already told the state government it is likely to close the plant, which supplies up to one-quarter of the state's electricity, next year, potentially on April 1.


The Andrews government scrambled to respond to the news on Saturday morning, dispatching Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to Morwell to discuss a transition and future job opportunities with locals.


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