Mortlake peaking power queried

August 23, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has written to the Energy Minister to seek clarification about when the Mortlake gas-fired power station will come back online after a fire damaged the large generator earlier this year.


“Our energy supply infrastructure needs to boost power output on hot summer days,” Mr Riordan said. “With power plants like Mortlake not operating at full capacity, we have been told by experts that there is a real risk of blackouts this summer.


“After only seven years, a generator at the Mortlake power station suffered a catastrophic failure and may not be repaired in time for the peak demand periods on long hot days.


“I have written to the Energy Minister to seek assurances she can guarantee the people of Polwarth that power will be available during crucial times in our region, such as milking and busy weekends over summer when thousands flock to our coast, which are important for our local economy.


“The community needs to know that the reasons why the generator suffered failure are being addressed. We cannot afford vital components in our energy production infrastructure to break down unexpectedly and need assurances that we have a secure and reliable energy system,” Mr Riordan said.