Brigalow Peaking Power Plant (Renamed Project and Fully Updated)
Brigalow Peaking Power Plant
CS Energy is developing a hydrogen-ready, natural gas power station at Kogan Creek, approximately 260 kilometres west of Brisbane, Queensland, to provide ‘firming’ capacity to support more renewables entering the grid in Queensland.
Queensland Government (CS Energy as development lead)
|Main end-use classification:
Under development – the station is scheduled to be operational in 2026, subject to final approvals
The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant will be capable of operating on 35% renewable hydrogen from Day One, with a pathway to 100% hydrogen over time
Project funding is to be provided through the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund (QREHJF)
(This project was previously titled ‘Kogan Creek Hydrogen-Ready Gas Peaking Power Station’.)
The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant project is located adjacent to CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla on the Western Downs in Queensland. The planned open cycle power station will have a capacity of up to 400 megawatts (MW) with fast-start capability and will operate in high demand periods to support variable solar and wind energy resources.
Development of the Brigalow Peaking Power Plant was an action outlined in the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan in September 2022.
The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant is proposed to feature up to 12 modular turbines, supplied by GE Verona, which are capable of using a blend of renewable hydrogen and natural gas.
Renewable hydrogen, initially sourced from CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Renewable Hydrogen Demonstration Plant, would be mixed with natural gas to fuel the power station. Production of hydrogen is expected to be scaled up through the development of a commercial scale hydrogen production facility as part of the evolution of the demonstration plant. This (commercial-scale) facility, which is subject to further studies, would be aimed at meeting the demand of the Brigalow Peaking Power Plant.
Natural gas would be transported to the Brigalow Peaking Power Plant via a proposed new 21-kilometre twin pipeline that would connect to the existing Roma to Brisbane Pipeline (RBP). It is proposed that one of the twin pipelines is constructed to enable conversion to 100 per cent hydrogen capability, subject to ongoing engineering and design studies.
Site selection and initial design and surveys for the power island site were completed in early 2023. Planning and environmental approval applications for the power island will be submitted in late 2023. APA will be undertaking early planning works on the new gas twin pipeline during late 2023 and early 2024.
Site mobilisation is expected to commence in late 2024. The Brigalow Peaking Power Plant is expected to be operational in 2026.
This description was reviewed by the project proponent.