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Plans for $1.5b gas-fired power station in southern NSW reignited amid energy security debate

Plans for $1.5b gas-fired power station in southern NSW reignited amid energy security debate

Plans have been revived for a potential $1.5 billion gas-fired power plant on the New South Wales southern tablelands amid a national debate about energy security.

Energy company AGL was given approval in 2012 to build the Dalton Power Station, west of Goulburn, but suspended the project due to market conditions.

The approval is set to expire in July, and AGL now wants a two-year extension.

The company said the modification would enable it to review the proposed power station in light of new technologies and existing market conditions.

The move comes amid a national debate about ways to boost energy security in Australia.

"The energy landscape has changed, and ensuring secure, reliable and affordable energy supply for the state is a priority," an AGL spokesman said in a statement.

"The proposed Dalton Power Station provides an option to help New South Wales meet peak demand and manage its energy security."

The company said the plant had been designed as a peaking plant, so it could add additional generation capacity to the grid as more supply was needed.

ABC

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