EnergyAustralia says its fleet of power stations is ready for the summer peak.
Yallourn Power Station is in the middle of a multi-million dollar major maintenance program, which chief operating officer Liz Westcott says will help meet demand.
“The maintenance outage ensures Yallourn stays operating reliably to keep the air con on for around two million homes, over the coming summer months and beyond,” Ms Westcott said.
It forms part of a total spend of $140m spend across the EnergyAustralia network, Ms Westcott said.
“Our people have put in countless hours, to upgrade and maintain our assets that generate power,” she said.
“It’s part of our efforts to ensure they’re ready for the summer months, when power demand peaks.”
EnergyAustralia’s other sites, Victoria’s Newport and Jeeralang power stations, Mt Piper and
Tallawarra in New South Wales, and Hallett in South Australia, play a vital role when demand for power is high.
“They’ve all had a pre-summer spruce up with maintenance and reliability works – what we
call summer readiness campaigns, taking place at each power station,” she said.
“And at the same time we’ve thought about bushfires, and prepared through inspecting assets, reducing fuel and ignition sources and more.”
The company’s two major Victorian battery storage facilities are also ready to go.
“The stand-alone Ballarat terminal station and co-located Gannawarra solar farm battery are able to power around 30,000 homes for an hour of critical peak demand – think a 30 plus day when everyone’s air con is running – before being recharged,” she said.