Kwinana Power Station

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Kwinana Power Station
Country Australia
Location Kwinana, Western Australia
Coordinates 32°11′55″S 115°46′29″E / 32.19861°S 115.77472°E / -32.19861; 115.77472Coordinates: 32°11′55″S 115°46′29″E / 32.19861°S 115.77472°E / -32.19861; 115.77472
Status Operational
Commission date 1970
Owner(s) Synergy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal, Natural Gas
Type steam cycle
Cooling source Sea water
Power generation
Units operational C A Parsons
Nameplate capacity 660 MW

Kwinana Power Station is Synergy's second-largest power station and is located in Naval Base, Western Australia. It has four turbines driven by steam from boilers fired by coal, natural gas or fuel oil, and one gas turbine. Together they generate a total of 420 megawatts of electricity.

The station was originally built in 1970 as an oil-fired power station, however it was later converted to coal due to the rising price of oil caused by the 1973 oil crisis. This project received an 'Engineering Excellence Award' from the Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia) in 1980.[1]

A 21 megawatts gas turbine, able to be operated on natural gas or diesel fuel, was added in 1972. With greatly increased availability of natural gas from the North West Shelf Venture project, natural gas firing was introduced in the mid 1980s. In 2005 oil burning was re-introduced making the power station unique in Western Australia as it could burn the three fuels - coal, natural gas and oil.

Two units of 240 megawatts capacity of natural gas and oil-fired steam turbines were retired in late 2008. Synergy added two LMS100 gas turbines to the site in 2012.[2] These high-efficiency gas turbines each have the capacity to produce 100 megawatts of electricity.

The remaining oil-fired turbine will be retired in October 2015[needs update].[3]

The power station is scheduled to close in 2015[needs update].[4][5]


  1. ^ "Conversion of Kwinana Power Station from Oil to Coal Firing". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Australia: United Group wins Verve Energy gas turbine EPC contract". The Free Library. October 2009. 
  3. ^ Nahan, Hon Mike (27 June 2013). "Verve to retire Kwinana Power Station Stage C". WA Government Media Statements. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  4. ^ "Kwinana Fact Sheet". Synergy Web Site. 
  5. ^ Ben Smith (10 May 2018). "WA State Budget 2018: big funding announcements for Kwinana Power Station, Kwinana Bulk Terminal and Peel Business Park". Community News. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 

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