AGL is preparing an overhaul of the 200MW B3 generating unit at Torrens Island Power Station scheduled to commence in March 2019.

AGL General Manager Gas and Renewables Operations, Colin Mills, said, “The purpose of the work is to ensure Torrens Island Power Station remains a safe, reliable and competitive supplier to the National Electricity Market not just over the summer period but over its life.”

Unit overhauls at Torrens Island normally last about three months and can create up to 200 jobs for contractors and subcontractors, many of whom are from the local area.

“This investment is in addition to the $295 million which we have previously announced we plan to spend to develop a 210MW reciprocating engine power station, also on Torrens Island.”

Mr Mills said the new plant, known as Barker Inlet Power Station, would replace two of the four turbines at the Torrens Island A power station, which began operating in 1967.

“As we have previously announced, the units at Torrens Island A will be progressively mothballed from September 2019 to September 2021. The four Torrens Island B units will continue to operate.”

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