Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stanwell's Boss Rejects EJA Report; Environmental Group's Big Pollution Claims 'Incorrect'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stanwell's Boss Rejects EJA Report; Environmental Group's Big Pollution Claims 'Incorrect'

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MANAGEMENT at Stanwell Power Station has rejected the findings of a report by an active environmental group making serious claims against the operation.

Earlier this week, Environmental Justice Australia produced a report which claimed to identify many problems at Stanwell, which was said to emit the fifth-highest pollution levels of all Australian power stations.

The report comes amid soaring electricity costs and a national debate about the future of coal-fired power stations.

But Stanwell management hit back yesterday saying the report contained many factual errors and inaccuracies which incorrectly represented how the operation was performing.

Stanwell Power Station site manager James Oliver said Stanwell maintained a strong compliance culture and valued its positive relationship with regulatory agencies based on proactive reporting.

"Stanwell Power Station is a highly-automated station and is recognised as one of the most efficient and economic coal-fired power stations in Australia," Mr Oliver said.

"We have invested in an advanced control system at Stanwell Power Station and have strict processes in place to ensure emissions remain in compliance with the Environmental Authority limits.

"The report incorrectly states that there are no pollution reduction control technologies installed at Stanwell Power Station.

"However, Stanwell Power Station has electrostatic precipitators installed which capture approximately 99% of particulate emissions contained in flue gases. This means that our actual particulate emissions are in line with international standards and our Environmental Authority limits. All generation units at the power station utilise low NOx burners which are designed to significantly reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

"We have also invested to improve operational efficiencies by upgrading our turbines. …

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