‘No room for anything to break’ this summer: AEMO

Source: The Australian Financial Review

16th December 2019

AGL Energy’s Loy Yang A coal-fired power station in Victoria will return to production on Monday as the market operator warns the grid will be under unprecedented pressure over the long, hot summer.

As scorching temperatures and raging bushfires marked the first few weeks of summer, Australian Energy Market Operator chief executive Audrey Zibelman admitted she was wary about the what lay ahead over the next three months.

“Early summer has shown what we were concerned about – a lot of activity, very difficult weather conditions and no room for anything to break on us,” Ms Zibelman told The Australian Financial Review.

The market operator had been sweating on the return of Loy Yang A and Origin Energy’s Mortlake gas-fired power plant to help provide a buffer against high demand over the next three months.

AGL Energy’s chief financial officer Damien Nicks confirmed to investors late last week that the 2210-megawatt Loy Yang A will return to operation on a limited capacity on Monday and then crank up to full capacity within a few days.

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