Plans have been revived for a $1.5 billion gas-fired power plant to be built in New South Wales, Australia, among a national debate about energy security.
The energy company AGL had been given approval in 2012 to build the Dalton power station, but suspended the project due to market conditions. The approval is set to expire in July, and AGL has asked for a two-year extension. It said this would enable it to review the proposed power station in the light of new technologies and market conditions. This move comes amid a national debate about ways to boost energy security in Australia.
A spokesman for AGL said: “The energy landscape has changed, and ensuring secure, reliable, and affordable energy supply for the state is a priority. The proposed Dalton Power Station provides an option to help New South Wales meet peak demand and manage its energy security.” AGL said that the plant had been designed as a peaking plant.