Collinsville power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Collinsville power station was a 180-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Australia. The plant was shut down in 2012.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Collinsville, Queensland.

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Background on Plant

The Collinsville power station is located 4 kilometres west of Collinsville, Queensland. It is wholly owned by RATCH-Australia Corporation. (The former website of Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund states that it sold 80% of the project to Ratch-Australia in July 2011 and retained a 20% stake in the power station.[1] However, the RATCH-Australia website states that the power station is "wholly owned" by it).[2]

The power station has an installed capacity of 180 megawatts (MW) from four 30MW generating units and one 60MW unit. The company states that the plant was "completely refurbished in 1998 through a joint venture with Transfield Collinsville Pty Limited and NRGenerating Holdings. It is independently estimated that Collinsville has a potential remaining technical life of 18 years based on the refurbished plant design life of 30 years."[2]


The Contract for Closure Program was announced by the Australian government in July 2011 as a part of its carbon price package. The government stated that the primary aim of the program was "to support the closure of around 2,000 megawatts of highly emissions intensive generation capacity in Australia by 2020, subject to negotiation with eligible generators."[3] RATCH-Australia indicated its interested in negotiating a compensation package to shut the power station.

However, before any agreement could be reached RATCH Australia announced in early June 2012 that its Power Purchase Agreement with Stanwell Corporation would been cancelled effective at the end of the month. "RAC will continue to operate the station as required to supply seasonal load requirements to Queensland’s electricity grid ... RAC is considering a range of options for the future operation of the power station, as well as re-development opportunities in renewable and hybrid energy generation. As part of this process the company is in negotiations with the Federal Government in relation to the Contract for Closure program."[4] While the Power Purchase Agreement was due to run until 2016, RATCH-Australia reached a financial settlement with Stanwell Corporation under which it was paid A$99.57 million in compensation for the termination of the agreement.[5]

While RATCH hoped to qualify for a payout under the Contract for Closure program, the federal government abandoned the program without reaching agreement on any plant retirements.[6]

Handout from carbon tax package

RATCH-Australia Corporation received $8,719,952.91 of the $1 billion cash payments given out in 2011/12[7] to the operators of the most polluting coal-fired power stations. The cash was paid from the Energy Security Fund which was established as a part of the carbon tax legislation passed in 2011.[8][9]

Coal supply

Coal for the power station is sourced from the nearby Collinsvale mine.[2]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Ratch-Australia Corp Ltd
  • Parent company: RATCH Group Public Company Limited
  • Location: Collinsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Coordinates: -20.5450506, 147.8045568 (exact)
  • Status: Retired (December 2012)[10]
  • Gross capacity: 180 MW (Units 1-4: 30 MW; Unit 5: 60 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1968-74
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, No title, Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund website, accessed January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Collinsville Power Station", RATCH-Australia Corporation website, accessed January 2013.
  3. Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, "Contract for Closure", Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism website, accessed June 2012.
  4. RATCH-Australia Corporation, "Collinsville Power Station Update", Media Release, June 18, 2012.
  5. Oranan Paweewun , "Ratchaburi Electricity Australia Unit Terminates Power Purchase Contract", Euroinvestor, August 14, 2012.
  6. "Contract for Closure negotiations cease", Media Release, September 5, 2012.
  7. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency,"Generation complexes eligible to receive Energy Security Fund cash payments", Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website, July 9, 2012.
  8. Australian Government, "An overview of the Clean Energy Legislative Package", Clean Energy Future website, accessed January 2013.
  9. Energy Security Council, "About the Council", Energy Security Council website, accessed January 2013.
  10. "Retirement of coal fired power stations, Interim report," Environment and Communications References Committee, The Senate, November 2016, Table 2.2

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