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Victoria Latrobe Valley power stations water buyers for a second year after from Blue Rock irrigators after low inflows, sabotaged allocations

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The Latrobe Valley power stations supply 85 per cent of Victoria’s electricity and use about 140 billion litres of water a year. They receive an annual allocation from Blue Rock dam under an agreement with the State Government. But the water crisis has hit Victoria’s power sector hard over the past financial year. Two major Latrobe generators – Yallourn and Loy Yang B- bought emergency supplies over the internet from Blue Rock irrigators because low inflows sabotaged their allocations. In June, The Age revealed that the power stations were investigating alternatives. A State Government-commissioned study explored options including on-site desalination plants and dry cooling systems, reported The Age, (10/9/2007), p. 4.

Generators again water-buyers this year: Boshier said the region’s generators may have to resort to similar tactics this year. The Snowy Hydro scheme also suffered heavily, topping up its hydro power production with gas generation after reservoirs sunk to new lows. The future of the Victorian Government’s plan to pipe 100 billion litres of water a year from Melbourne’s eastern treatment plant to the Latrobe Valley appears uncertain after it was ignored in the state’s $4.9 billion water plan.

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