Kurri Kurri Power Station


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Kurri Kurri Power Station

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STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Energy
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

Snowy Hydro plans to construct a gas-fired power station near Kurri Kurri on the site of the former Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter, in the Hunter region of NSW. The project includes the construction of two open-cycle gas turbines, capable of providing 750 megawatts of generation, and with the potential for the turbines to also be operated with diesel.

The project also includes a 132 kilo volt electrical switch yard, located adjacent to the power station. Gas transmission will be via a new lateral pipeline, to be developed by a third party and subject to a separate planning approvals process.



Key Dates

2021: Expected final investment decision

2022: Expected construction commencement

2023: Expected construction completion




The project's delivery is being led by the Federal Government-owned Snowy Hydro.



Project History

Dec 2020: The project was declared State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW Government.

Sep 2020: The Federal Government announced that without an increase in private sector investment in gas to produce 1000 megawatts by April 2021, the government would step in to ensure there is enough dispatchable generation with the retirement of the Liddel coal-fired power plant.

2020: A Feasibility Study was undertaken by Jacobs.

Last reviewed: 02/03/2021

Kurri Kurri Power Station

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