At a glance
Start of operation:
Mckinlay, Queensland, Australia
Generating capacity:43 MW
Generating capacity (gas):
Generating capacity (diesel):
Generating capacity (solar):
Diesel consumption avoided:
2.3 million litres
About the Cannington Power Station
Initially commissioned as a diesel power station for the off-grid Cannington mine in 1997, EDL worked in partnership with South32 to upgrade the facility to a primarily gas-fired power station in 1999 following the completion of the Cannington Lateral gas pipeline.
As part of the upgrade, EDL successfully integrated the new gas-fired power station with the diesel-fired station, while at the same time decommissioning several diesel generators to optimise the installed capacity of the facility.
The expansion included a new high voltage switch room, and the integration was successfully completed during a planned shutdown and maintenance period.
EDL has recently commissioned a 3MW solar farm at the off-grid mine and is also assessing the technical and economic viability of the use of batteries as virtual spinning reserve to reduce fuel and fired hour costs.