At a glance
German Creek Power Station
Start of operation:
Near Middlemount, Central Queensland, Australia
Generating capacity:45 MW
Abated and avoided emissions:
1.2 million tonnes CO2–e p.a.
Equivalent cars off the road:
Equivalent homes powered:
About the WCMG power station
EDL pioneered the process of capturing and converting waste coal mine gas (WCMG) generated during coal mining in Australia.
WCMG is produced during coal mining as methane gas trapped in coal seams is released. As this product can be a safety hazard and a challenge to mining operations, it is extracted by mine ventilation and coal seam drainage.
Historically a waste product that is vented or flared, the extracted methane is used by EDL as a power generation fuel—delivering reliable, sustainable and affordable energy and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The power station consists of sixteen 2MW power generation modules using Caterpillar 3520C generator sets and four 3.3MW power generating modules using Jenbacher J620 generator sets.