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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Gas power means ‘lights on’ for Queensland

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    Gas power means ‘lights on’ for Queensland

    Queensland’s new gas-fired Braemar 2 Power Station, near Dalby, will produce enough electricity to power three per cent of Queensland and New South Wales.

    At today’s official opening, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the $546 million, 450 megawatt, power station would cut carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent and water consumption by up to 90 per cent compared with coal-fired stations.

    “Under the Government’s new Renewable Energy Plan, Queensland is set to lead the nation in renewable energy, with solar, geothermal, wind and hydro all to play important roles in our future energy mix,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The plan has the potential to attract $3.5 billion in investment in the renewable energy sector and create up to 3,500 new green jobs over the next 10 years.

    “Gas strikes the right balance between being able to meet Queensland’s electricity needs and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    “With more than 2,000 people moving to Queensland every week, the demand for electricity is booming and is expected to continue into the future.

    “The addition of Braemar 2 to the Queensland power grid will help deliver a long-term, reliable and secure power supply to the market.”

    The opening of the power station follows the August 20 release of the Bligh Government’s revised climate change strategy - ClimateQ: toward a greener Queensland.

    “ClimateQ sets out the next crucial steps for Queensland’s transition to a lower carbon future,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The revised strategy will ensure Queensland remains at the forefront of the national climate change response.

    “It includes a raft of new measures designed to ensure world’s best practise in low emissions technology for coal fired electricity and accelerate the development of Queensland’s renewable energy sector.’’

    Mr Hinchliffe praised joint owners ERM Power Pty Ltd and Arrow Energy for their leadership in deploying cleaner, lower carbon gas-fired power stations.

    He said the project brought approximately $60 million to the local economy and employed around 400 Queenslanders during peak construction.

    Braemar 2 has the capability to operate as a peaking, shoulder or base-load generator by making use of its large gas storage capacity and long-term gas supply contracts.

    Media contact: Minister’s Office: 3224 8750