Swanbank Power Station

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Swanbank Power Station
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Swanbank Power Station
Swanbank Power Station is located in Queensland
Swanbank Power Station
Location of Swanbank Power Station
Country Australia
Location Ipswich, Queensland
Coordinates 27°39′35″S 152°48′48″E / 27.659783°S 152.813446°E / -27.659783; 152.813446Coordinates: 27°39′35″S 152°48′48″E / 27.659783°S 152.813446°E / -27.659783; 152.813446
Status Operational
Commission date 1967 (Swanbank A)
1971 (Swanbank B)
2002 (Swanbank E)
Decommission date 2005 (Swanbank A)
2012 (Swanbank B)
Owner(s) Stanwell Corporation
Power generation
Primary fuel Natural gas
Secondary fuel Landfill gas
Nameplate capacity 385
Combined cycle? yes

The Swanbank Power Stations are located in Swanbank within South East Queensland, Australia and comprise the highly efficient 385MW gas-fired Swanbank E Power Station and the 480MW coal-fired Swanbank B Power Station.

The coal for Swanbank B came from coalfields in South-East Queensland, including New Acland Mine, by road. Water is supplied from Lake Moogerah and the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project began to supply the power station with water in August 2007.[1]


Swanbank A was commissioned in 1967 with six 66 MW steam turbines, powered by coal.

Swanbank B was commissioned in 1971 with four 120 MW steam turbines, powered by coal.

Swanbank C was a small gas turbine generating plant, rated at 28 MW. It had two Rolls Royce Avon gas generators discharging into a power turbine which drove the generator. Middle Ridge Power Station was a similar design, with four gas generators discharging into two power turbines, one on each end of the 56 MW electrical generator. It was commissioned in 1969.[2]

Swanbank D was a small open cycle gas turbine. Delivering only 37 MW, it was commissioned in 2000 but only ran for a few years.[3]

The much larger and more efficient Swanbank E was commissioned in 2002 with a single 385 MW combined cycle gas turbine.[4]

The gas turbine of Swanbank E was the largest of its type at the time of its commissioning.[5]

World record[edit]

In 2011, Swanbank E set a world record for the continuous operation of an Alstom GT26 gas turbine.[5] It had been running for 254 days when it was shut down on 9 July 2011 for planned maintenance.


Swanbank A Station, which was one of the coal burning stations, was decommissioned in August 2005. The three 133 m high, 7000 tonne concrete smoke stacks were collapsed on 20 August 2006. All three were collapsed at the same time with a 10 second delay between each stack. The deconstruction and demolition project, undertaken by Trio Industries, was scheduled to be completed in February 2007.

Four units of Swanbank B were decommissioned in April 2010, June 2010, 2011, and May 2012, due to the plant reaching the end of its operational life.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant Begins To Produce Recycled Water. 31 August 2007. Retrieved on 17 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Electricity Industry Chronology". Chronology of Engineering works in Queensland. Engineers Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "20pc growth in Queensland generation capacity since start of NEM". Electricity Week. EWN Publishing. 6 March 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Swanbank power station. CS Energy. Retrieved on 25 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Swanbank E sets world record for continuous operation". Media Release. Stanwell Corporation. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stanwell Corporation - Final coal delivered to Swanbank B Power Station". Power Engineering (PennWell Corporation). 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

External links[edit]

Youtube videos of chimney demolition