Gas generation

Gas generation

In the winter of 1967 in Tasmania water storages fell drasticly low. Hydro Tasmania's response to the possibility of continued drought saw the construction of the Bell Bay Power Station in northern Tasmania.

This oil fired thermal power station was commissioned between 1971 and 1974 and was converted to gas fired station in 2003. 

Bell Bay Power Station was decommissioned in 2009.

The Tamar Valley Power Station was commissioned in 2009 by then owners, Aurora Energy. Hydro Tasmania acquired the station in June 2013.

The Tamar Valley Power Station is subject to an Annual Environmental Review (AER). The AER is written specifically to ensure compliance with the station’s Environmental Protection Notice (EPN). It provides a detailed summary of the station’s environmental performance, including compliance with environmental operating conditions (as detailed by the EPN).

Download the Annual EnvironmentalReview. (8 MB)

Date commissioned 2009
Generating capacity 386.00 MW
Number of Turbines 5
Type of Turbines CCGT & OCGT

The Tamar Valley Power Station was commissioned in 2009 by then owners, Aurora Energy. Hydro Tasmania acquired the station in June 2013. The 386 MW station uses 208 MW of Combined Cycle Gas generation (CCGT) and 178 MW of Open Cycle Gas generation (OCGT). 

The prominent cooling tower at Tamar Valley Power Station Hydro Tasmania's Tamar Valley Power Station Hydro Tasmania's Tamar Valley Power Station Tamar Valley Power Station under construction