Collinsville Power Station

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Collinsville Power Station
Collinsville Power Station is located in Queensland
Collinsville Power Station
Location of Collinsville Power Station
Country Australia
Location Townsville, Queensland
Coordinates 20°32′36″S 147°48′25″E / 20.54333°S 147.80694°E / -20.54333; 147.80694Coordinates: 20°32′36″S 147°48′25″E / 20.54333°S 147.80694°E / -20.54333; 147.80694
Commission date 1976
Power generation
Primary fuel Coal
Units operational 5
Nameplate capacity 190 MW

Collinsville Power Station is located south of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It has five coal powered steam turbines with a combined generation capacity of 190 MW of electricity.

The coal for Collinsville comes from local open-cut mines.

Collinsville was commissioned in 1968 with four 30 MW steam turbines. A 60 MW machine was later commissioned in 1976.These were refurbished in 1999, and upgraded to 66 MW and 31 MW respectively.

Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 1.34 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal.[1] The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme commencing in 2010 to help combat climate change. It is expected to impact on emissions from power stations. The National Pollutant Inventory provides details of other pollutant emissions, but, as at 23 November 2008, not CO
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As of 20 February 2013, Ratch Corporation (the operator of the plant) is partnering with the University of Queensland to investigate replacing all the coal-fired power generators with solar thermal generators.[2]

On the 10 of July 2014 it was announced that the solar thermal plans for Collinsville would not be proceeding.[3]

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