The APA Group has commissioned a third gas-fired power station in Mount Isa saying it strengthened the energy security of the North West Minerals Province.
To be called the Thomson Power Station, it will provide another 18-megawatts of gas-fired power generation into the region, which will continue to ensure there is no unmet demand for businesses and households.
APA said a further expansion of the power station will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of FY2021 and it comes just a couple of months after Stanwell put the nearby Mica Creek Power Station into cold storage.
APA Group Chief Executive and Managing Director Rob Wheals said the commissioning of the Thomson Power Station reinforces the security of power in Mount Isa and underpinned the economic activity and jobs for this minerals rich region of Queensland.
"APA has invested more than $1 billion in energy assets in the North West Minerals Province, underscoring our commitment to the community," Mr Wheals said.
"The Thomson Power Station investment created about 25 vital construction jobs during the pandemic and two full-time jobs to operate the power station into the future."
The newly commissioned Thomson Power Station takes APA's gas-fired generation capacity in the region to 320-megawatts, augmenting supply at a lower emissions intensity than connecting to the National Electricity Market.
APA Group is also assessing the feasibility to deliver up to a further 100-megawatts of renewable power generation in Mount Isa to customers in the region.
Mr Wheals said APA's Mount Isa investments continue to meet demand in Mount Isa and also stacks up without government intervention or support."
The Thomson Power Station adjoins APA's Diamantina and Leichhardt Power Stations.
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