Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Kate Washington MP, has welcomed AGL’s announcement to build a 252 MW gas-fired electricity generation plant at Tomago in the Hunter.
The new power plant will see up to $400 million invested in our region, creating roughly 200 construction jobs, ongoing operational jobs, and helping secure the future of local large-scale manufacturers.
The plant will be constructed to provide rapidly dispatchable back-up generation in instances where AGL’s new renewable energy portfolio cannot meet demand.
The construction phase will take approximately 18 months following the approvals process, with the project expected to be fully completed in 2022.
AGL’s decision to locate the plant in Tomago is an endorsement of the Hunter’s manufacturing industry, including Tomago Aluminium, Civmec, Varley, Milltech, Ampcontrol and many others.
Ms Washington joined with AGL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Vesey, for the official announcement this morning at Tomago.
Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP
“Alongside all of the Hunter's Labor MPs, I welcome AGL’s $400 million investment in our region.
“AGL’s decision to locate the project in Tomago is a win-win for Port Stephens and the Hunter. This will secure and create local manufacturing jobs while at the same time taking the first step towards a cleaner and more reliable energy supply.
“Port Stephens is already home to Newcastle Airport, the Williamtown RAAF Base, Tomago Aluminium and other large manufacturers and employers. It’s exciting to see that soon we’ll be helping to power the Hunter and the entire state as well.
“Across the Hunter, thousands of local families rely on local manufacturing jobs, and in turn, these manufacturers rely on secure and affordable power.
“Gas-fired power plants generate much fewer emissions than traditional coal-fired plants, and AGL’s plans for significant renewable energy generation will lead to a cleaner future for our region and our state.
“Today’s announcement should be a wake-up call to the Berejiklian Government to ensure that infrastructure keeps up with – and supports – investment in our region. Connecting the M1 from Beresfield to Raymond Terrace must now be a priority project.”
This item was distributed as a media release on Friday 27 April 2018.