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TAS: Tamar Valley Gas Power Station Fires up


Source: ABC News, 10 January 2017

Hydro Tasmania will fire up the main turbine at its controversial gas-powered Tamar Valley Power Station, to ease demand on its water storages.

Hydro said it would also run the main turbine — known as the combined cycle unit — over the driest period of the year to keep the plant in "optimal condition".

The station's manager Brad Turner said it took several days to get the main 208-megawatt generator ready for starting on Tuesday.

Water levels are sitting at 43.5 per cent, but are expected to begin dropping through to autumn.

The levels are a stark contrast to the record low of 13 per cent experienced in May last year.

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