BHP Ends Plans to Restart Port Augusta's Coal Generator
Source: Reneweconomy 6/12/16
A decision by BHP Billiton to sign an electricity supply agreement with an existing gas generator in New South Wales should bring an end to plans to restart the Northern brown coal generator in Port Augusta, and could open the path for the much touted solar tower and molten salt storage project.
The state government was keen for it to return on a more permanent basis, and appeared to calibrate its tender for a 10-year supply contract for government departments just for that purpose. The state government even increased its emission allowance to cater for that idea.
However, advocates of the solar tower and storage proposal in Port Augusta say that the fact that BHP has signed an off-take agreement with Pelican Point means that the government can look further afield, and ensure it is using its contract to encourage new technologies.
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