Coal the an­swer to is­sue: O’Dowd

The Observer - - NEWS - — Chris Lees

HIGH ef­fi­ciency and low emis­sion coal-fired power sta­tion is Ken O’Dowd’s so­lu­tion to high en­ergy prices.

This is de­spite Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull telling the ABC the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had “no plans to build a coal-fired power sta­tion”.

“I’m in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Mal­colm on that,” the Mem­ber for Flynn said yes­ter­day.

“I be­lieve Mal­colm will lis­ten to what I have to say...I think we do need space for how we han­dle the non-re­new­able en­ergy.

“I think coal-fired or gas-fired power sta­tions are the only way to go and Glad­stone is in a prime po­si­tion to of­fer that to the whole state of Queens­land.”

Mr O’Dowd said there would al­ways be a mix be­tween re­new­ables and other types of en­ergy.

“Coal is by far the cheap­est form of en­ergy we can have, and of course we all know that Queens­land needs cheap en­ergy and cheap wa­ter for en­cour­ag­ing new in­dus­tries to cen­tral Queens­land,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd was crit­i­cal of the State Gov­ern­ment and Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion, say­ing they had to wear some of the blame for the job losses at Boyne Smelter Lim­ited ear­lier this year af­ter some cells were shut down and pro­duc­tion cut due to soar­ing power costs.

Asked if lower prices could lead to BSL’s for­tunes chang­ing, Mr O’Dowd had a de­fin­i­tive re­sponse.

“Boyne Smelter has guar­an­teed me that if we can get power at the right price, they will re­in­state their work­ers and those 42 cells they closed down this year,” he said.

Asked sim­ply what the an­swer was to power prices, Mr O’Dowd said “coal-fired power sta­tions”.

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