In November 2014 EnergyAustralia announced that it would permanently close Wallerawang due to ongoing reduced energy demand, lack of access to competitively priced coal and the power station’s high operating costs.
Dismantling and rehabilitating the power station site is a large and complex project that is expected to take at least several years to complete. EnergyAustralia will develop its closure plans in consultation with relevant authorities and the local community to ensure this work is completed in a safe and responsible manner. These plans will be available for public review and feedback as part of the planning approval process.
A salvage project is currently underway to retrieve and sell usable plant and equipment from the Wallerawang power station.
Funds raised from the sale of functional plant and equipment will be put towards the cost of Wallerawang’s dismantling and rehabilitation.
Work started in May 2015, with this project expected to run until late 2018.
EnergyAustralia recently sought expressions of interest to repurpose or redevelop the Wallerawang site for alternate long-term uses. Expressions of interest are being assessed against criteria including economic benefits for the region, logistical viability and compatibility with ongoing rehabilitation works.
If viable alternate uses for the site are identified, EnergyAustralia hopes to have agreement(s) in place by early 2017.
Work to remove the unit 7 cooling towers started in February 2017 and is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete, with most of the major work taking place over a two week period.
Work will take place on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, and Saturdays, between 8am and 1pm. Although we have taken steps to minimise impacts, some community members may experience changes in noise, dust or traffic conditions during this time.
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