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EPA authorises proposal for diesel generators at Que River

01 April 2016

The Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced today that he has authorised Hydro Tasmania to commence its use of diesel power generators at its Que River Substation.

This proposal by Hydro Tasmania is for the temporary operation of 36 diesel generators at its Que River Substation, generating up to 36MW of electricity for transmission via the existing substation. The containerised diesel generation units and associated infrastructure would be located on Crown land managed by Forestry Tasmania.

The proposal was referred to the EPA as a requirement under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act (1994) as the burning of greater than one tonne per hour of diesel fuel is defined as a Level 2 activity.

The EPA Director, Wes Ford authorised the activity to proceed under provisions of the Act designed for urgent situations such as this, explaining that the timeframe required for a full assessment process would preclude Hydro Tasmania from commencing operation in order to meet the energy demands of the Tasmanian community.

“The authorization is based on my belief that further delays in generating power would pose a greater threat to the environment and property,” Mr Ford said.

“I am satisfied that the proposal contains sufficient information for me to have considered the relevant matters, and to provide an Emergency Authorization with certain conditions,” he said.

“The EPA has been in constant communication with Hydro Tasmania regarding its temporary use of diesel generators as part of its State plan in response to the current energy situation,” said Mr Ford.

A copy of the Authorization provided to Hydro Tasmania, which contains the EPA's conditions, along with the project proposal and supplementary documentation, are provided below:

Hydro Tasmania - Emergency Authorization - Que River Substation

Hydro Tasmania - Que River Substation - Project Proposal Supplementary Generation

Hydro Tasmania - Que River - Stakeholder Engagement Plan (Privacy Protected)