Callide Power Station
|Callide Power Station|
|Location||Biloela, Central Queensland|
|Construction cost||$28.7 million|
|Thermal power station|
|Nameplate capacity||1,720 MW|
Callide Power Station is located near Biloela, in Central Queensland, Australia. It is coal powered with eight steam turbines with a combined generation capacity of 1,720 MW of electricity. Callide A was commissioned in 1965 and refurbished in 1998.
At the end of 1962 approval was granted for a new power station near Biloela. Work commenced at the site in February 1963. The design of the plant based around separate generating units and a control room was a first for Queensland. It was also the first power station in Queensland to use dry cooling towers.
It has four 30 MW steam turbines, the first of which was operating by June 1965. From its commissioning a drought meant water restrictions at the station reduced output. The second set was expected to be operating by May 1966, but was lost at sea while being transported from England. A replacement unit arrived in June 1967. The third set was operating in October 1967 and the fourth in May 1969. The total cost of the project was A$28.7 million.
Callide A has been in storage since 2001, except for Unit 4 which is being used for the Callide Oxyfuel project.
Following on from an aggressive construction program at Tarong Power Station, Callide B was commissioned in 1988 with two 350 MW steam turbines. The Hitachi machines are almost identical to those in Tarong and Stanwell.
The Callide Power Plant (a.k.a. Callide C) was commissioned in 2001 with two 460 MW advanced cycle steam turbines. Callide C uses a more efficient "supercritical" boiler technology to burn coal to generate electricity.
Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 5.73 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal. The Australian Government introduced a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in 2011 to help combat climate change, intended to reduce emissions from power stations. The scheme was replaced in 2014 by a 'direct action' program. The National Pollutant Inventory provides details of other pollutant emissions, but, as at 23 November 2008, not CO2.
- InterGen page on Callide. Retrieved 2008-05-18
- Dunn, Col (1985). The History of Electricity in Queensland. Bundaberg: Col Dunn. pp. 136–139. ISBN 0-9589229-0-X.
- Callide Oxyfuel Project
- InterGen & CS Energy Open US$800 MLN Australian Power Project. AsiaPulse News. 05-JUL-2001 Retrieved 2008-05-18
- Australia joins the supercritical ranks: although a country with a coal-based power industry, Australia has taken up supercritical technologies surprisingly late. However, once started there seems to be no stopping. Here we look at a series of new supercritical developments that have been commissioned in the coal country of Queensland. Modern Power Systems 01-APR-2005 Retrieved 2008-05-18
- Callide C. Carbon Monitoring for Action. Retrieved on 23 November 2008
- CS Energy page on Callide
- Callide Coal-Fired Power Stations, Queensland, Australia