Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Planning Approval For Tarrone Power Station
Victor P Taffa
Victoria’s energy security has been boosted with planning approval for a $600 Million gas-fired power station to be built at Tarrone in south-west Victoria.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy said an amendment to the Moyne Planning Scheme will facilitate the use and development of the power station and associated works in a new Special Use Zone.
The proposal by AGL Energy is for the construction of a 920 megawatt gas-fired power station.
“The project will provide critical infrastructure for Victoria and will be a major stimulus to the region’s economy and construction jobs.” Mr. Guy said.
Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine applauded the planning outcome.
“Construction of this power station will provide hundreds of jobs and inject millions of dollars into the economy of south-west Victoria.” Dr. Napthine said.
“This proposed new gas-fired power station, together with the large wind energy projects currently underway across our region, represents a $2 Billion investment in low emissions and renewable energy in Western Victoria.”
It is proposed that the Tarrone gas-fired power station will connect to the substation that has been approved as part of the nearby Macarthur wind farm currently under construction.
The project has also been designed to capitalise on the nearby 500 Kv electricity transmission line and the SEAG as pipeline, which carries natural gas from near Port Campbell to South Australia.
“This announcement puts Tarrone on the map and significantly raises the region’s reputation as a vital hub for producing sustainable energy.” Dr. Napthine said.
“This decision by Planning Minister Matthew Guy is another positive example of the Coalition Government getting on with the job and supporting major investments which will create jobs, boost our economy and deliver sustainable energy for the state.”