Origin: First unit of 550 MW gas-fired power station ready to provide electricity in Australia

Source: Origin Energy Limited

Origin Energy Limited (Origin) announced that the first of two units at its gas-fired Mortlake Power Station is now available to be dispatched into the Victorian electricity market. 

Mortlake Power Station is a 550 MW gas-fired power station located near Mortlake in South-western Victoria. The power station has two gas turbines and will help to meet the growing demand for peak electricity in eastern Australia.

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Completion of Mortlake Power Station's second unit has been delayed so an inspection can be conducted of the generator following a switchyard fault that occurred during the final stages of the unit's commissioning. This inspection will be conducted during the March Quarter.

Origin's adherence to a prudent wholesale energy purchasing strategy has ensured its electricity portfolio is well-covered during the commissioning of Mortlake Power Station and throughout its initial operations.

The project also involved construction of an 83 km underground natural gas transmission pipeline. The power station will be powered by natural gas sourced from Origin's portfolio of gas supply arrangements in the Otway area, with direct access to gas from the Otway Gas Plant and gas storage at Iona.

Origin has the option to expand the capacity of Mortlake Power Station in the future. Furthermore the power station has been designed to enable its future conversion to a highly efficient combined cycle plant.

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