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 in Queensland
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 1968
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Type Steam turbine
Feeding mines Open cut
Power generation
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 emitted 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 CO2.

RATCH-Australia, the operator of the plant, is in the process of decommissioning and putting under care and maintenance the Collinsville coal-fired power station. It is investigating options to redevelop the site with one or more new forms of electricity generation.[2] As of 20 February 2013, RATCH is partnering with the University of Queensland to investigate replacing all the coal-fired power generators with solar thermal generators.[3]

On the 10 of July 2014 it was announced that the solar thermal plans for Collinsville would not be proceeding.[4]

On the 8th of May 2017 it was announced that it will be replaced by a 42MW solar farm. [5]

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