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NewGen plant a fresh approach

THE chairman of Western Australia’s newest electricity generator believes the federal bureaucrats charged with shaping Australia’s low-carbon future should pay close attention to the achievements of NewGen Kwinana. Marking the opening of its $400 million, 320-megawatt combined cycle power plant earlier this month, developer ERM Power chairman Trevor St Baker said the plant would deliver a significant reduction in WA’s carbon intensity because of its leading-edge gas generation technology, which produces electricity from gas and steam. “This method of generation cuts greenhouse emissions by more than one half compared with traditional coal-fired power, helping the state, and Australia as a whole, meet the twin challenges of economic growth and greenhouse gas reduction,” he said. “If we want to make a real difference to our emissions we need to focus on the 80 per cent of our energy mix that comes from non-renewable sources. That’s where gas-fired generation really does beat coal.” NewGen is also developing a $400 million, 330MW gas-fired power station at Neerabup.

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