Coali­tion to fast- track coal power

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii.cameron@news.com.au

CON­STRUC­TION of a new coal- fired baseload power sta­tion at Collinsville would be fast- tracked un­der an LNP gov­ern­ment.

LNP deputy leader Deb Freck­ling­ton, who will an­nounce the pro­posal in Townsville to­day, said more sup­ply and cheaper elec­tric­ity was a cen­tral plank of the LNP’s plan to cre­ate 500,000 jobs over the next decade.

“Only the LNP has a plan to de­liver cheaper elec­tric­ity prices, sav­ing a typ­i­cal house­hold $ 780 over the next three years,” she said.

“The choice North Queens­lan­ders have is sim­ple – a vote for the LNP is a vote for lower elec­tric­ity prices and a vote for a La­bor- Greens al­liance is a vote for record high power prices.”

The LNP would des­ig­nate the power sta­tion a “pre­scribed project”.

This would over­come any un­rea­son­able de­lays in the project’s ap­provals process.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the Bul­letin re­vealed on Novem­ber 1 that the State Gov­ern­ment had buried a re­port con­ducted by En­ergy Edge which ac­knowl­edged an ul­tra­crit­i­cal high- ef­fi­ciency low- emis­sions ( HELE) power sta­tion was needed in North Queens­land.

“( Pre­mier) An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has ruled out a HELE power sta­tion in North Queens­land but a se­cret La­bor Gov­ern­ment- com­mis­sioned re­port showed it would be vi­able, cre­ate hun­dreds of lo­cal jobs and re­duce elec­tric­ity prices,” Ms Freck­ling­ton said.

“Ev­ery sin­gle North Queens­lan­der is pay­ing record high elec­tric­ity bills be­cause of An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s ide­o­log­i­cal ob­ses­sion with green en­ergy and she ex­pects North Queens­lan­ders to pick up the tab.”

Three over­seas pro­po­nents have con­tacted the LNP about build­ing the fa­cil­ity with LNP con­sid­er­ing pro­pos­als from com­pa­nies in Thai­land, Ja­pan and China.

It is un­der­stood the Thai pro­po­nent is the fron­trun­ner. No gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies would be re­quired for the project.

The Collinsville site, sep­a­rate to a power sta­tion which the New­man gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of clos­ing, was cho­sen due to its prox­im­ity to ex­ist­ing and fu­ture coal mines.

There is also an ex­ist­ing trans­mis­sion net­work with ca­pac­ity of up to 1000MW.

Ms Palaszczuk has con­tin­ued to rule out the need for a new coal- fired power sta­tion in Queens­land, in­stead vis­it­ing the Bur­dekin on Sun­day to in­spect the Clare So­lar Farm and an­nounce an ex­tra $ 50 mil­lion in­vest­ment into re­new­ables.

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