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.
For over five decades Wallerawang power station was central to the Lithgow region’s economy and its community. The following video has been produced to preserve the contribution the plant and its people made to the region, so future generations can understand not only Lithgow’s past, but its future.
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.
Unit 7 cooling towers demolition
Works to remove Wallerawang’s unit 7 cooling towers are now complete.
The majority of work for the planned demolition of Wallerawang’s unit 7 cooling towers took place during February and March 2017.
This was the first major demolition activity since the closure of Wallerawang power station was announced in 2014.
Due to the age and poor condition of the cooling towers, the structure was unable to be used for salvage work or repurposing, and was prioritised for removal as part of EnergyAustralia’s Decommissioning, Demolition and Rehabilitation (DDR) project.
Delta Group was appointed by EnergyAustralia to lead the demolition. The works were completed safely, within the agreed timeframes and with minimal impact to the community and the environment.
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