AGL is undertaking a maintenance program which will maintain safety and reliability at the Torrens Island Power Station.

AGL General Manager Gas and Renewables Operations, Colin Mills, said an overhaul of the 200MW B3 generating unit at Torrens Island was scheduled to commence in March 2019, after the summer peak demand period.

He said AGL had invested about $32 million in the 2017 and 2018 financial years to overhaul the 120MW A3 generating unit and the 200MW B3 unit.

The purpose of the work is to ensure Torrens Island Power Station remains a safe, reliable and competitive supplier to the National Electricity Market not just over the summer period but over its life,” Mr Mills said.

Unit overhauls at Torrens Island normally last about three months and can create up to 200 jobs for contractors and sub-contractors, many of whom are from the local area.

This investment is in addition to the $295 million AGL has previously announced it plans to spend to develop a 210MW reciprocating engine power station, also on Torrens Island.”

Mr Mills said the new plant, known as Barker Inlet Power Station, would replace two of the four turbines at the Torrens Island A power station, which began operating in 1967.

“As we have previously announced, the units at Torrens Island A will be progressively mothballed from September 2019 to September 2021. The four Torrens Island B units will continue to operate,” Mr Mills said.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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