The Liberal National Party’s (LNP) support for a new ultra-supercritical coal-fired power station in North Queensland would deliver essential base load power and help to create hundreds of regional jobs.
In its 2017 budget reply speech, the LNP’s pragmatic approach to the energy mix would secure cost-effective electricity with new coal technology for North Queensland and the state.
If this region is to develop to its full potential and be the powerhouse of northern Australia, it must have its own stable power generation near Townsville to support the investments being made in hydroelectric and solar farms.
The Palaszczuk Government turned away from a technology neutral approach and ruled out high efficiency, low-emission (HELE) plants in its energy plan, despite the global investment into the latest coal-fired power generation in countries such as Japan, Germany, China and India.
There are more than 1,000 of these HELE units currently delivering reliable and affordable electricity around the world and more than 1,200 planned, or under construction. Queensland has substantial reserves of high-quality, lower emission coal and it should take advantage of this resource to increase its international competitiveness.
Growing the economy and attracting industry and jobs is a great way to make sure North Queensland grows.