Callide Power Station

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Callide Power Station
Callide Power Station is located in Australia
Callide Power Station
Location of Callide Power Station
Country Australia
Location Biloela, Central Queensland
Coordinates 24°20′50″S 150°36′31″E / 24.34722°S 150.60861°E / -24.34722; 150.60861Coordinates: 24°20′50″S 150°36′31″E / 24.34722°S 150.60861°E / -24.34722; 150.60861
Status Baseload
Commission date 1965
Construction cost $28.7 million
Owner(s) CS Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Type Steam turbines
Cooling source Fresh
Power generation
Units operational 8
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.

The coal for Callide comes from the nearby Callide Coalfields and water from the Awoonga dam and Stag Creek Pipeline.[1]

Callide A[edit]

At the end of 1962 approval was granted for a new power station near Biloela.[2] 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.[2] It was also the first power station in Queensland to use dry cooling towers.[2]

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.[2] The second set was expected to be operating by May 1966, but was lost at sea while being transported from England.[2] A replacement unit arrived in June 1967. The third set was operating in October 1967 and the fourth in May 1969.[2] The total cost of the project was A$28.7 million.[2]

Callide A has been in storage since 2001, except for Unit 4 which is being used for the Callide Oxyfuel project.[3]

Callide B[edit]

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.

Callide C[edit]

The Callide Power Plant (a.k.a. Callide C) was commissioned in 2001 with two 460 MW advanced cycle steam turbines.[4] Callide C uses a more efficient "supercritical" boiler technology to burn coal to generate electricity.[5]

Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 5.73 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal.[6] 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ InterGen page on Callide. Retrieved 2008-05-18
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dunn, Col (1985). The History of Electricity in Queensland. Bundaberg: Col Dunn. pp. 136–139. ISBN 0-9589229-0-X. 
  3. ^ Spero, Chris; Yamada, Toshihiko; Nelson, Peter; Morrison, Tony; Bourhy-Weber, Claire. "Callide Oxyfuel Project – Combustion and Environmental Performance" (PDF). 3rd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ InterGen & CS Energy Open US$800 MLN Australian Power Project. AsiaPulse News. 05-JUL-2001 Retrieved 2008-05-18
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Callide C. Carbon Monitoring for Action. Retrieved on 23 November 2008
  7. ^ "National Pollutant Inventory". Retrieved May 5, 2017. 

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