Build new plant or face blackouts, says Canavan
QUEENSLAND LNP senator Matt Canavan is warning North Queensland could face electricity blackouts unless a new coal- fired power station is developed in the region.
The Minister for Northern Australia last night challenged the Queensland Government’s new acting Energy Minister, Treasurer and Cairns MP Curtis Pitt, to reverse what he described as Labor’s “shortsighted ban” on coalfired power.
“Queensland’s Labor Government runs the risk of repeating the blackouts seen in South Australia because of its lack of a plan for around- the- clock power in the North,” Senator Canavan said. “The Queensland Government’s position doesn’t wash with the people of the North.
“It wants to export our high quality coal but won’t consider using it here in advanced coal- fired power stations.”
Mr Pitt said Senator Cana- van was trying to divert attention and cover up the failures of the Turnbull Government.
“We have the most secure power system in the nation. We have eight huge coal- fired generators comprising over 8000 megawatts of capacity, we don’t need a ninth,” he said.