Sale of Bell Bay Power Station

Power plant for sale - whole or part of plant

Hydro Tasmania is pleased to offer Bell Bay Power Station (the entire plant and associated infrastructure) for sale for relocation. This is an opportunity to purchase a well-constructed power station with low running hours at a fraction of the cost of a new plant.

Bell Bay Power Station (BBPS) is located on a 12-hectare site, 50 kilometres north of Launceston on the banks of the Tamar River. It was originally established in the early 1970s to provide thermal generation back-up for Hydro Tasmania’s hydropower system.

BBPS comprises two generating units. They were commissioned in 1971 and 1974 respectively and originally fired by heavy fuel oil with the steam produced feeding two 120 MW steam turbines. The units have been converted to gas firing – unit 1 in March 2003 and unit 2 in late 2003.

The units have only been run at times of very low water storage levels in the hydropower system. The plant was only run for around 15 per cent of the time since commissioning with a total running time of approximately 45,000 hours. Most of the operation has occurred since the gas conversion.

The plant has been and continues to be well maintained.

Hydro Tasmania has a sales memorandum available on request, including O&M manuals and condition assessments from the recent gas conversion.

Questions and expressions of interest can be directed to:

Tony Field

Phone: +61 3 6230 5115, Mobile (Cell): +61 409 175 182


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