Gladstone power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Gladstone power station is a 1,680-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Queensland, Australia.


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

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Background on Plant

The Gladstone power station is a 1,680 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station which is owned by a consortium of companies and operated by NRG Gladstone Operating Services, a subsidiary of the U.S. energy company NRG Energy.

The Stanwell Corporation states that "the station was commissioned in 1976 and later purchased from the Queensland Electricity Commission in 1994 by a joint venture comprising Rio Tinto Aluminium, three of its Japanese partners in Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL), and NRG, a US based energy provider ... Following a 2007 restructure of Queensland’s energy assets, Stanwell is responsible for trading the output from Gladstone Power Station."[1]

Since 1994, the station has been operated by NRG Gladstone Operating Services on behalf of Joint Venture participants Rio Tinto Ltd (42.125%), NRG Energy Inc (37.5%), SLMA GPS Pty Ltd (8.50%), Ryowa II GPS Pty Ltd (7.125%) and YKK GPS (Queensland) Pty Ltd (4.75%).[2]

According to a 2019 analysis of the federal government’s National Pollutant Inventory, Gladstone power station emitted 111 kilograms of mercury between 2017 and 2018, the fourth highest amount in the country.[3] An April 2020 update to the government's National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) found that larger-particle pollutants from Gladstone increased from 160,800 kilograms in 2017-18 to 190,900 in 2018-19, while smaller particulates rose by 23% from 56,932 kilograms in 2017-18 to 69,793 kilograms.[4]

Proposed Retirement

In July 2018, a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator predicted that the Gladstone Power Station would retire by 2029.[5] The operators of the Gladstone Power Station rejected this prediction, claiming that the station would stay in operation beyond 2029.[6] In October 2019, the Australian Energy Market Operator revised the predicted retirement year to 2035.[7]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: NRG Gladstone
  • Parent company: Rio Tinto (42.125%), NRG Energy (37.5%), SLMA GPS Pty Ltd (8.50%), Ryowa II GPS Pty Ltd (7.125%) and YKK GPS Pty Ltd (4.75%)
  • Location: Stanwell, Queensland, Australia
  • Coordinates: -23.8506672, 151.2197108 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,680 MW (Units 1-6: 280 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1976-82
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Contact Details

Gladstone Power Station
Hanson Road Gladstone QLD 4680

Articles and resources


  1. Standwell Corporation, "Gladstone Power Station", Stanwell Corporation, accessed June 2010.
  2. NRG, "About Us", NRG Gladstone, accessed April 2019
  3. Adam Carey "Mercury emissions from Victoria's coal-fired power plants top nation", The Age, March 31, 2019
  4. Tony Moore, Queensland's older coal-fired power plants see major jump in emissions, Brisbane Times, Apr. 9, 2020
  5. Integrated System Plan, Australian Energy Market Operator, July 2018
  6. Gladstone Power Station: We will operate beyond 2029, Energy Matters, Aug. 8, 2018
  7. Qld to close coal-fired power station a decade early, Australian Financial Review, Oct. 7, 2019

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