News

Dalby power station keeps temps down

The Western Downs is keeping Queensland and NSW cool in this week’s heatwave conditions.
Arrow Energy’s gas-fired Braemar 2 Power Station near Dalby powered tens of thousands of air conditioners through yesterday’s blistering heat, using Surat Basin coal seam gas (CSG).
The Western Downs is keeping Queensland and NSW cool in this week’s heatwave conditions. Arrow Energy’s gas-fired Braemar 2 Power Station near Dalby powered tens of thousands of air conditioners through yesterday’s blistering heat, using Surat Basin coal seam gas (CSG). Michael Evans

THE Western Downs is keeping Queensland and NSW cool in this week's heatwave conditions.

Arrow Energy's gas-fired Braemar 2 Power Station near Dalby powered tens of thousands of air conditioners through yesterday's blistering heat, using Surat Basin coal seam gas.

Feeding into the national electricity grid, the station generated a peak of 489 MW- about six per cent of Queensland's peak power demand.

"Braemar 2 operated flat-out to meet yesterday's huge demand and will be doing the same again today," said Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner.

"Gas-fired power stations have a rapid ramp up and are ideal for meeting high peak demands, like yesterday's, as well as providing a stable base load.

"Braemar 2's electricity powers businesses and homes in both NSW and Queensland, so a lot of people owe their comfort to this corner of the state."

The peak generation of all gas fired power stations yesterday was 2354MW, which means gas-fired generation (nearly all from CSG) provided 29 per cent of the state's peak demand. Braemar 2 made up 21 per cent of the gas-fired generation.

An industry rule of thumb is that 1MW powers about 1000 households.

Yesterday's temperatures hit 37ºC in Dalby, 34.4ºC in Toowoomba and 33ºC in Brisbane, with a consequent increase in air conditioner use.

Braemar 2 is fired by CSG from Arrow's Daandine and QGC's Windibri and Kenya gas fields in the Surat Basin, 40km southwest of Dalby and is the second largest gas-fired power station in Queensland.

It was commissioned in 2009 and built at a cost of $550m. Arrow took full ownership and operatorship in July 2011.

Arrow also has interests in the 30MW Daandine Power Station and the 240 MW Townsville Power Station, both of which are also fired by Arrow CSG.

Arrow provides about 20 per cent of Queensland's gas, most of which is used to generate electricity. CSG-fired power stations produce about half the carbon dioxide emissions of black coal stations.

Topics:  dalby heatwave



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Life devoted to Ipswich veterans

Phil Gilbert's coffin passes through a guard of honour after his funeral Tuesday.

Stalwart of Ipswich RSL farewelled

Brendon McCullum to play T20 cricket for Ipswich

COUP: New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum to play T20 cricket for Ipswich-Logan Hornets.

New Zealand legend to inspire young Hornets on Sunday

'Fuming': Graduation two ticket limit has parents upset

A post on Goodna State School's Facebook Page reminding parents only guests with tickets would be allowed into the graduation ceremony.

Parents at Goodna State School are fuming and confused.

Local Partners

FLOOD RISK: Mayors launch plan to protect $260M industry

A COMPREHENSIVE plan to deal with the flood risk to rivers and lakes in the Lockyer Valley has been launched.


Top 5 Christmas events around Ipswich

The Twighlight Christmas Parade was just the first of many events around the region.

THERE are plenty of exciting Christmas activities coming up.

It's official, Christmas has started in Ipswich

TIS THE SEASON: Plenty of families got into the holiday spirit at the Christmas Twilight Parade.

PHOTOS: Annual Twilight Parade draws hundreds, more events to come

What's on this weekend

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Things to do in Ipswich

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!