Vales Point Power Station

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Vales Point Power Station
Country Australia
Location New South Wales
Coordinates 33°9′38″S 151°32′31″E / 33.16056°S 151.54194°E / -33.16056; 151.54194Coordinates: 33°9′38″S 151°32′31″E / 33.16056°S 151.54194°E / -33.16056; 151.54194
Status Baseload
Commission date 1978
Owner(s) Delta Electricity
Thermal power station
Primary fuel coal
Type Steam turbine
Combined cycle? No
Power generation
Units operational 2
Nameplate capacity 1320 MW

Australia's Vales Point Power Station is one of two coal fired power stations on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Vales Point is located on the southern shore of the lake, near the township of Mannering Park. It has two steam turbines, with a total generating capacity of 1,320 MW of electricity.

Vales Point was the first major power station in New South Wales to be located near its fuel source (coal).

Vales Point 'A'power station has been demolished

A station[edit]

Vales Point was originally equipped with three turbo-alternators of 200 MW supplied by the English Electric Co. (unit nos. 1 to 3) and one of 275 MW supplied by Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) Limited in the UK (unit no. 4), for a total of 875 MW. The first two units were completed in 1963, and the third in 1964. Unit no. 4 was brought into use in 1966. In order to supply coal to the station, two mines were opened; one at Chain Valley Bay and Mannering State Mine. These four units were known as 'A' Station, its capacity of 875 MW being the highest in New South Wales at the time. Vales Point 'A' Station was decommissioned in 1989. The turbines were removed in 1997; the boilers and buildings were demolished between 2011–14.

B station[edit]

In 1978, two Toshiba 660 MW units were added, becoming "B" Station. The combined capacity of 2195 MW made Vales Point the largest power station in Australia at the time. The Toshiba 660 MW turbo-alternator became the standard in New South Wales, with similar units later being installed at Eraring, Bayswater and Mount Piper.

Vales Point uses salt water from Lake Macquarie for cooling. The coal for Vales Point is delivered by conveyor and a balloon loop connexion to the Great Northern Railway situated between Wyee and Morisset.

Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 9.32 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[2] provides details of other pollutant emissions, but, as at 23 November 2008, not CO2.

Vales Point Power Station is recognisable in the background of the music video for the 1982 Midnight Oil track "U.S. Forces".[3]

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