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Aviva launches Coolimba Power project

26/10/2007 - 15:17

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South Perth-based energy company Aviva Corporation Ltd will incorporate emissions technology for carbon capture, desulfurisation and air cooling in its Coolimba Power project, south of Eneabba.

Aviva launches Coolimba Power project

South Perth-based energy company Aviva Corporation Ltd will incorporate emissions technology for carbon capture, desulfurisation and air cooling in its Coolimba Power project, south of Eneabba.

Aviva Corporation chief executive Lindsay Reed said Coolimba would be a key part of unlocking the potential of the Mid West region, and would provide fuel and geographic diversity to the SWIS power grid.

"It is estimated that there is $6.5 billion worth of projects under development in the Mid West region - these projects all need power," he said.

 

 

The full text of an Aviva announcement is pasted below

Key Points:

  • Coolimba Power - a new name in WA energy
  • Project based on 400MW coal fired power station in the Mid West
  • Leading emissions technology for carbon, sulphur and water
  • Will provide up to 8% of the power for the SWIS network
  • Coolimba a key to powering the Mid West

Integrated energy company Aviva Corporation (ASX:AVA) today launched a major new development in the WA energy market, with the unveiling of the Coolimba Power brand.  

The Coolimba Power Project is a one billion dollar investment based on a 400MW coal fired power station 20km south of Eneabba. The Project will play a key role in powering the development of the Mid West region.  

The Coolimba brand was officially launched in a ceremony at Eneabba by the Hon. Kim Chance, Minister for the Mid West.  

Aviva Corporation CEO Lindsay Reed said Coolimba will incorporate leading edge emissions technology and provide a low cost power solution for the state.  

"Coolimba Power will be a key part of unlocking the potential of the Mid West region, providing fuel and geographic diversity to the SWIS power grid," Mr Reed said.  

"It is estimated that there is $6.5 billion worth of projects under development in the Mid West region - these projects all need power."  

Coolimba will be the first power station in Western Australia to deploy leading edge emissions technology for carbon capture, desulfurization and air cooling.  

  • The carbon capture technology will allow for up to 90% of future carbon emissions to be captured. Coolimba is the next logical scale up increment of this technology which is being deployed in Queensland and Canada.
  • The desulfurization technology will eliminate almost all sulphur emissions.  
  • The air cooling technology will reduce water consumption in the power plant by up to 90%.  

As the only base load power station north of Perth, the project will make a significant contribution to the reduction of power transmission losses in the Mid West, which are currently the highest in the state.  

The project is located on private farmland and an existing mining lease, most of which has been previously cleared for farming or mining. The mining method adopted will allow 95% of the mining void to be backfilled and revegetated.  

Mr Reed said as well as reliable and low cost power, the project would provide a further boost for economic development in the region.  

"We expect Coolimba to contribute at least 600 jobs during construction, and in the long term, it will host 100 permanent jobs for locally housed employees when commercial operation commences in 2012" he said.

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