Variation to electricity generation licence application – Origin Energy Electricity Limited
- Project Released: 29 Jun 2020
- Project Closes: Sep 2020
- Contact: Georgina Lawrence
The Commission has received a request from Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) to vary its electricity generation licence. Origin wishes to upgrade its generating turbines at the Quarantine Power Station. This is the second stage of a three stage replacement program. The result of this upgrade will increase the capacity of the Unit 3 turbine from 20.4 megawatts (MW) to 29MW.
Current status is Initiate
Origin’s current generation licence includes the operation of the Quarantine Power Station, specifically four turbines with a capacity of 20.4MW each. Origin wishes to replace these turbines. This is the second stage of a three stage replacement program. The result of this upgrade will increase the capacity of the Unit 3 turbine from 20.4MW to 29MW.
In assessing a request for variation, the Commission considers the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002, being the protection of the long term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services and other factors as they apply to the Commission's role as the economic regulator of the South Australian electricity industry.
In making its assessment, the Commission consults with the Australian Energy Market Operator and The Office of the Technical Regulator which have separate stand-alone roles in the electricity industry. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks and can only be considered by the Commission in context of the above mentioned criteria.
The variation request submitted by Origin is subject to a public consultation period closing on 27 July 2020. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on these variation applications should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.
Please refer to the variation history in the licence for further information on variations approved by the Commission, pursuant to the criteria in the Electricity Act 1996 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002.