Darling Downs Power Station

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Darling Downs Power Station
Country Australia
Location Darling Downs
Status Opened
Construction began August 2007
Commission date July 2010
Construction cost $780 million
Owner(s) Origin Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal seam gas
Combined cycle? yes
Power generation
Units operational 4
Nameplate capacity 630 MW

Darling Downs Power Station is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Dalby in Queensland and owned by Origin Energy. The Darling Downs Power Station is adjacent to the QLD-NSW high voltage transmission Interconnector and the Powerlink Queensland R2 Braemar 330/275 kV Substation.

Darling Downs is a gas fired combined cycle gas turbine power station and is the largest of its type in Australia.[1] It is powered by three 120 MW GE Frame 9E gas turbines and one 270 MW steam turbine, which generate a total of 630 MW of electricity.[2] A 205 kilometre pipeline transports the gas to the station from gas fields near Wallumbilla.[2] The power station uses less than 3% of the water that a traditional coal powered power station does by utilising air-cooled technology.[3][4]

Origin Energy developed the power station and the construction costs for the project were $780 million.[4] Darling Downs entered commercial operation in July 2010.[1] and was officially opened on the 5 November 2010 by Premier Anna Bligh.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Darling Downs Power Station". Origin Energy. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Tony Moore (6 November 2010). "Does Queensland have a gas-powered future?". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Tony Moore (5 November 2010). "Queensland power cooking with gas". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Darling Downs - Australia’s biggest combined-cycle power station". Gas Today (Great Southern Press). May 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 27°06′39.47″S 150°54′18.78″E / 27.1109639°S 150.9052167°E / -27.1109639; 150.9052167