Collinsville (Shine Energy) power station
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Collinsville (Shine Energy) power station is a proposed 1000 MW coal plant to be located at or near the now closed Collinsville power station. The plant has been proposed by Shine Energy Australia, a company with no coal power plant experience.
According to Shine Energy, a concept study for its proposed coal plant was undertaken by the enginnering company WSP and a business case for the project completed at the end of 2018.
On March 26, 2019 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that 12 projects had been short-listed for possible funding from the Underwriting New Generation Investments program including a coal plant upgrade proposed by Delta Electricity, a company co-owned by Trevor St Baker.
While the Collinville plant was not on the shortlist, Morrison announced that the "government will conduct detailed evaluation and feasibility of projects in North and Central Queensland through the Underwriting New Generation Investments program. These projects include but are not limited to a new HELE coal project in Collinsville, upgrades of existing generators as well as gas and hydro projects."
The Australian reported that "the proposed project has received the initial backing of resources giant Glencore which said it would provide Shine Energy with 'project management and governance expertise during the feasibility phase of the project'".
In June 2019 Shine Energy CEO Ashley Dodd said that the company planned to raise A$2 billion to build the proposed plant by October 2020. In October 2019 Senator Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, expressed support for a feasibility study for the project.
Shine Energy criticisms of Morrison government
In February 2020 the Australian government announced that it was awarding A$4.4 million to Shine Energy for a feasibility study for the project. Shine Energy's goal for achieving FID is mid-2021. In June 2020 the Indigenous Birri and Widi directors of Shine Energy said they had yet to received funds for a feasibility and questioned whether they had been used by the government to win recent state elections. Shine's chief executive Ashley Dodd accused the Morrison government of trying to "white clad" the company by seeking to put an Anglo Saxon in charge of it.
A shortage of water in the area is one obstacle to building the plant. Shine is indigenously owned and its chief executive Ash Dodd stated in April 2020 that Shine was opposed to taking water from the proposed Urannah Dam because "we as Birri and Widi traditional owners stand opposed to the Urannah Dam project as it will have a major environmental impact on our sacred rivers and all water rights belong to our people.”
The map below shows the location of the now closed Collinsville power station near Collinsville, Queensland. The location of the proposed new plant is likely to be at the same site or nearby.
- Sponsor: Shine Energy
- Parent company: Shine Energy
- Location: Mannering Park, New South Wales, Australia
- Coordinates: -20.5450506, 147.8045568 (approximate)
- Status: Announced
- Gross capacity: 1000 MW
- In service: 2022
- Coal type: Black
- Coal source: Queensland
- Source of financing:
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Related SourceWatch Articles
- "Indigenous generator seeks carbon promise", The Australian, March 27, 2019.
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison, "Delivering affordable and reliable power", Media Release, March 26, 2019.
- AUSTRALIA: $2BN TARGET FOR COMPANY BEHIND BOLD INDIGENOUS POWER PROJECT, IEA, Jun. 11, 2019
- Canavan 'desperate' for coal-fired power in pledge to back projects, Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 30, 2019
- Ben Smee, Proposed Queensland coal-fired power plant under cloud over emissions and financing, The Guardian, Apr. 23, 2020
- Shine powers towards financial close on coal plant, Industry Queensland, Feb. 11, 2020
- Indigenous-run firm behind Collinsville coal-fired plant says Coalition used it 'as a pawn', The Guardian, Jun. 12, 2020
- Michael West, "Shine Energy: behind the push for a new coal-fired power station", MW, June 20, 2019.