The NSW Government has given EnergyAustralia approval to proceed with the transformation of its existing Tallawarra Power Station into Australia’s first net zero emissions hydrogen and gas capable plant.
The new power station will deliver reliable power to around 150,000 homes, contribute $300 million to the economy and create 250 well-paid jobs during construction.
EnergyAustralia Managing Director, Catherine Tanna, said the direct carbon emissions from the project will be offset over its operational life. EnergyAustralia will offer to buy 200,000kg of green hydrogen per year from 2025.
“We thank the New South Wales Government for its support for Tallawarra B. It means the station will be operating in time for the summer of 2023-24, following the closure of the Liddell Power Station, and it will help to kick-start the green hydrogen industry,” Ms Tanna said.
“We are leading the sector by building the first net zero emissions hydrogen and gas capable power plant in New South Wales.
“What’s particularly exciting is that further engineering studies will see if the amount of green hydrogen can increase, which will further support the Port Kembla Hydrogen Hub.”
Ms Tanna said Tallawarra B will provide New South Wales with improved energy security, reliability and flexibility options.
“Our new open-cycle, hydrogen and gas capable turbine will provide firm capacity on a continuous basis and paves the way for additional cleaner energy sources to enter the system,” Ms Tanna said.
“EnergyAustralia has a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
“Today we provide further evidence of another energy project that can help keep the lights on for customers with reliable, affordable and cleaner energy.”
NSW Minister for Energy, Matt Kean, said, “This project sets a new benchmark for how gas generators can be consistent with NSW’s plan to be net zero by 2050 by using green hydrogen and offsetting residual emissions.”