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Delta Electricity is an electricity generation company "formed on 1st March, 1996, as part of the New South Wales Government's restructure of the State’s electricity industry."
The company has four major coal-fired power stations -- Mt Piper, Wallerawang, Vales Point and Munmorah -- which have a combined generating capacity of 4,320 megawatts.
Current coal-fired power stations
- Mt Piper power station is 25 km west of Lithgow and 5 km east of Portland in the Central West region of New South Wales. It uses black coal, was commissioned between 1992-93 and generates 1,320 megawatts. Delta states that "four generators were originally intended to be constructed on the site, but the third and fourth units were not built due to a fall-off in energy and demand growth in the 1980s." Coal is supplied from Centennial Coal's Angus Place Colliery which is approximately 5km to the east of the power station.
- Munmorah power station is operated by Delta Electricity and is located approximately 110 km north of Sydney and is located on the coastal strip between the Tuggerah Lakes. It uses black coal, was commissioned in 1969 and generates 600 megawatts. In an October 2009 environmental assessment on upgrading options for the power station, Delta stated that the Mandalong coal mine currently supplies coal for the plant. 
- Vales Point B power station is at the southern end of Lake Macquarie, about 35 km south of Newcastle. It uses black coal, was commissioned in 1978 and generates 1,320 megawatts from two 660MW generating units. The original Vales Point A station was built in the 1960s as a four-unit station but was decommissioned in the late 1980's. In July 2006 a contract came into effect to supply 1.8 million tonnes a year to the power station from Centennial Coal's Mandalong mine. The contract runs until 2022. Centennial Coal's Mannering Colliery, also supplies the power station via a directly linked conveyor.
- Wallerawang C power station is operated by Delta Electricity. It uses black coal, was commissioned between 1976 and 1980 and generates 1,000 megawatts from two 500MW generating units. Two dams on the Coxs River supply cooling water. Coal is supplied from Centennial Coal's Angus Place Colliery which is approximately 4km to the north of the power station.
Level 12 Darling Park
201 Sussex Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
PO Box Q863 QVB NSW 1230
Telephone (02) 9285 2700
Facsimile (02) 9285 2777
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Related SourceWatch Articles
- Delta Electricity, "Overview", Delta Electricity website, accessed January 2009.
- Delta Electricity,"Mt Piper", Delta Electricity website, accessed May 2011.
- "Operations & Community: Angus Place/ Springvale JV", Centennial Coal website, accessed May 2011.
- Delta Electricity, "Munmorah", Delta Electricity website, accessed May 2011.
- Aurecon, "Proposal Description: Chapter 3: Munmorah Environmental Assessment", October 2009, page 17. (Pdf)
- Delta Electricity, "Vales Point", Delta Electricity website, accessed May 2011.
- Centennial Coal, "Quarterly Activites Report: Strong Quarter results in record half-year production", Centennial Coal website, January 25, 2005.
- "Operations & Community: Mannering", Centennial Coal, accessed May 2011.
- Delta Electricity, "Wallerawang", Delta Electricity website, accessed May 2011.
- Ash Development Association of Australia, "Membership", Ash Development Association of Australia website, accessed June 2011.
- Ben Cubby, "Carbon capture put to the test in NSW", Sydney Morning Herald, January 15, 2009.
- John Kaye, "NSW's carbon burial gamble is a coal-fired distraction", Media Release, January 15, 2009. (Not yet available online).
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