By MICHELLE SLATER
EnergyAustralia has appointed Greg McIntyre as its new head of the Yallourn Power Station.
He is the third head of Yallourn in the past 12 months.
Mr McIntyre became acting head when former boss Julian Turecek left in July after 10 months in the job.
Mr Turecek took on the role when Yallourn stalwart Mark Pearson retired last September after 15 years in the position and more than 40 years at the power station.
Mr McIntyre was previously head of the Mount Piper coal-fired power station in New South Wales for two-and-a-half years, and has managed other coal plants in Queensland and South Australia.
The new skipper said he was aware of Yallourn’s proud history and
involvement in the Latrobe Valley, and was looking forward to meeting with the local community.
“Yallourn currently provides around 20 per cent of Victoria’s electricity demand,” Mr McIntyre said.
“While maintaining our focus on safety, I’m looking forward to working with the broader power station and mine team to ensure Yallourn continues to play its important role.”
Mr McIntyre had previously led large-scale maintenance programs at Mount Piper.
He had also helped hand over EnergyAustralia’s decommissioned Wallerawang Power Station to Greenspot Wallerawang Pty Ltd to turn the site into an industrial park.
Mr McIntyre is taking over during a key time for Yallourn as the company is dealing with significant engineering issues with the Morwell River Diversion, which cracked after heavy rain in June.
The incident had caused coal production to be put on hold and parts of the mine to be evacuated while technical experts were assessing the situation.
EnergyAustralia is also working towards a planned maintenance outage on one of its units towards the middle of September.
Former head Mr Turecek led Yallourn through the announcement that the plant would retire in mid-2028.
Mr Turecek also contributed to the company’s response to the Morwell River Diversion.