Energy Brix powers on

Morwell’s Energy Brix power station has moved to assure the public it is still supplying the power market, despite significantly winding back operations in the new financial year.

Last week The Express reported “last month saw the 170 megawatt station finally bow out of the electricity market”, after an Australian Energy Market Operator spokesperson indicated Energy Brix had ceased supplying the grid on 29 June.

However, in response to the article, an Energy Brix spokesperson said the station was still a participant in the National Electricity Market, and was continuing to generate electricity, “but at a reduced level in line with market conditions”.

In a follow up email to The Express on Friday, the AEMO spokesperson confirmed Energy Brix was “technically” still contributing to the energy market, however at a marginal rate.

AEMO generation statistics provided by the spokesperson show Energy Brix was contributing about 240 megawatts to the power grid up until 27 June, before seeing a significant draw back over the following eight days, before settling at an average output of between 20 and 30 MW from 5 July.

The drawback saw more than 30 station employees take voluntary departure packages, and the station continues to supply steam to the neighbouring Energy Brix briquette factory.