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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

6 June 2000

KOGAN CREEK POWER PROJECT APPROVAL


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today recommended to the Assistant Treasurer that foreign investment approval may be granted for the proposed Kogan Creek coal-fired power station in Queensland.

Senator Hill said the approval was subject to a range of conditions defined under Queensland's environmental impact assessment process.

These conditions recognise the leading-edge technology planned for the proposed power station near Chinchilla, potentially making it the most efficient coal-fired generator in Australia.

The proponent has committed to employ super-efficient boiler technology, generating electricity with carbon dioxide emissions 7 to 20 percent lower than existing black coal-fired power stations.

"Kogan Creek coal demonstrates excellent clean burning characteristics, which, combined with the new boiler technology will make this Australia's cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station," Senator Hill said.

The proponent has recently joined the Australian Greenhouse Office's Greenhouse Challenge and has committed to a $2 million carbon sequestration/biodiversity program. This will see 1,000 hectares of vegetation sinks established within two years and a further 50 hectares added each year over the following eight years.

The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) has advised that the proposed Kogan Creek power station will meet or exceed the efficiency standards for power generation proposed in the final report of the Efficiency Standards Working Group.

6 June 2000

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