AGL halves Adelaide power station capacity

aglAGL Energy will shut down half of the Torrens Island power station in Adelaide due to unfavourable market conditions. The Torrens Island station, which comprises eight generating units capable of producing 1280 megawatts of power, will have capacity reduced by 480MW once the ‘A station’ is taken out
of service.

A station’s four units were shut down between July and September with no impact on supply to South Australian customers. “This decision will be reviewed if market conditions change materially,” AGL Group general manager Merchant Energy Anthony Fowler said. The Torrens power station, about 18km from the Adelaide CBD, is the largest in South Australia, as well as the largest natural gas-fired power station in Australia.

Gas for the station is sourced from the SEAGas pipeline in Victoria and from Moomba in the Cooper Basin. “Torrens employees have been advised of this decision,” Mr Fowler said. “AGL will commence discussions with our workforce about the future consequences for them of the
announcement.”