A large power station.

AGL, Australia’s largest provider, reveals coal-fired power outages will continue

No respite from Australia’s energy crisis looms as the country’s largest energy producer has revealed that many coal-fired power units will be out of production for a while.

AGL Energy Limited today confirmed that the Loy Yang A2 unit in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which went out of business in April, will not be repaired until “the second half of September”.

The company blamed “global supply chain issues and the availability of specialized materials” for extending the outage.

The AGL statement initially said the unit malfunctioned after an electrical failure in the alternator, but now the alternator rotor has failed to extend the repair time by at least two months.

Roughly a quarter of Australia’s coal-fired power capacity is offline, which includes about half of AGL’s coal-fired units in Victoria and New South Wales, just as a cold snap hits the East Coast.

Interruptions contribute to the crisis

Three units at AGL’s Bayswater power plant in Hunter Valley are also out of production.(Getty Images)

At its Bayswater plant in Hunter Valley, NSW, AGL has confirmed that two units have been taken down to fix problems, while another unit remains out of service due to extended scheduled maintenance and will be back online in July.

A Bayswater Unit 2 spokesman said the Bayswater Unit 2 was retired on Wednesday “to fix a leak in a pipe and is expected to remain out of service for up to ten days.”

“Yesterday, a maintenance issue with the Bayswater Unit 4 boiler ash conveyor required the unit to be taken out of service for a few days,” the company said.

Bowen, wearing a red tie, speaks for the camera.  Behind him are three flags
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Bowen held a meeting this week to discuss the energy crisis.(News letters)

Consumers have been hit by soaring electricity prices and gas shortages, with this week’s new Labor government holding a meeting of state and federal energy ministers to discuss the issue.

This meeting resulted in a plan to protect the system and will also give the market operator more responsibility for supply.

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