Yallourn Power Station
The Yallourn brown coal power station is located in the Latrobe Valley, 150km east of Melbourne.
A major energy provider
The station supplies approximately 22 percent of Victoria’s electricity needs and approximately eight percent of the National Electricity Market (NEM).
The power station commenced operations in 1974 with four generating units commissioned between 1974 and 1982.
Every hour 2,400 tonnes of brown coal is used to boil water into superheated steam to drive four turbine generators.
These turbines have a combined capacity of 1,480 megawatts of electricity which is enough to supply around two million homes.
A unique feature of the power station is its three vast concrete cooling towers, once the steam has passed through the turbine, water from the towers cools the steam so it can be pumped back to the boilers and reheated to steam, once again driving the turbines.
As a member of the Latrobe Valley community, we recognise we have a responsibility to support our local community.
Each year we support a large number of organisations, schools, sporting clubs and events through our sponsorships program.
We produce an annual report(PDF, 3401kb) on our local community relations, including information about our future plans and assessments of our performance in environment, health and safety.
Yallourn’s open cut mine
Australia’s second largest open cut mine is adjacent to the Yallourn power station and annually mines around 18 million tonnes of high moisture brown coal.
The mine provides a secure, continuous source of fuel for generation at the Yallourn Power Station. The mine has ample reserves to meet the projected needs of the power station until 2032.
While we retain ownership of the mine, it is operated as an alliance with RTL – a joint venture between Thiess, Downer and Linfox. RTL provides the latest mining and earth moving technology to assist in Yallourn’s modernisation.
Our environmental performance
We continually strive to improve our environmental performance and the energy efficiency of the power station and mine.
Our operational improvement program has led to a reduction of 370,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas by targeting efficiency improvements such as replacing HIP turbines in 2010 and 2011.
The power station and mine maintains and monitors compliance against the EPA Accredited License conditions. It is also a participant of the Environmental and Resources Efficiency Plan Program (EREP) which focuses on improving operational efficiency and performance.
Yallourn’s bushfire mitigation plan
As part of our commitment to protect the local environment, the bushfire mitigation plan provides an integrated set of procedures to reduce fire risk to and from all site assets.
The plan includes systems and processes for asset inspection and management, fuel reduction, ignition source containment and fire control
Yallourn’s bushfire mitigation plan(PDF, 271kb)
Do you have a general enquiry?
Email or call us on 03 5128 2000.
Our postal address:
PO Box 444, Moe, Victoria, 3825, Australia
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As part of our commitment to fostering young talent, each year we recruit a number of tertiary students to participate in our student vacation program.
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