Leigh Creek - a new beginning?

 
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

With virtually nothing in the federal budget for SA, is it time to put miners back to work in the brown coal mines and put the coal wagons back on the railway line?

With yet another blow to SA's renewable energy aspirations, is it time to build a new more modern coal fired powerstation at Port Augusta?

Why be held to ransom by the availability of dirty coal fired electricity from Vic or NSW when you have your own supply of brown coal nearby?

Governments at all levels should have backed this project. It could have generated returns many times it's cost.

Our leaders truly lack vision and nation building skills and can't see past their partisan politics. The NBN is another example of one political party trashing another party's legacy and vision. It is a miracle we have such things as Medicare and Super....

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-05/solar-thermal-plant-will-not-go-ahead-in-port-augusta/10973948?pfmredir=sm

Let the coal wagons roll!!!

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  AN830 Locomotive Driver

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
There not actually that much usable coal at Leigh Creek, while there a lot still in the deposit, its getting fairly deep so your actually getting to point where it takes more energy to get the coal out of the ground, than you'll get out the coal itself.

When ETSA expended leigh creek in the early 80s, they only expected the mine to have about 35 year lifespan. Which put it to about the point when Alinta shut it down.

Then of course there is the lack power station to burn the coal at now.

Leigh Creek is dead and its railway line is also dead and may well lifted at some point in the future as from what I've heard.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

With virtually nothing in the federal budget for SA, is it time to put miners back to work in the brown coal mines and put the coal wagons back on the railway line?

With yet another blow to SA's renewable energy aspirations, is it time to build a new more modern coal fired powerstation at Port Augusta?

Why be held to ransom by the availability of dirty coal fired electricity from Vic or NSW when you have your own supply of brown coal nearby?

Governments at all levels should have backed this project. It could have generated returns many times it's cost.

Our leaders truly lack vision and nation building skills and can't see past their partisan politics. The NBN is another example of one political party trashing another party's legacy and vision. It is a miracle we have such things as Medicare and Super....

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-05/solar-thermal-plant-will-not-go-ahead-in-port-augusta/10973948?pfmredir=sm

Let the coal wagons roll!!!
ANR
Another fabulous post from ANR. Brown coal is very inefficient and dirty and should be left in the ground. If we had a decent all standard gauge system then it would have been cheaper for the Victorians to import coal from NSW and leave all that horrible stuff at Yallorne in the ground. I believe the Vietnamese are buying some of it? That says it all.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Ummmm...considering the much vilified hard thermal black coal from Queensland's Galilee Basin has up to three times the energy content of Leigh Creek brown coal per kilogram and a fraction of the CO2 emmisions, just what chance does new brown coal mining developments have when it comes development approvals and political support? It ain't going to happen.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
I thought Leigh Creek was black coal, even if it was the "half of it's dirt and the other half won't burn" variety.
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

I have been reading how proposed polluting coal fired power stations cannot secure funding in FNQ. If this is the case, what is wrong with solar powered generation project in PA? If renewable energy projects cannot secure funding, then we still need to keep the lights on somehow.

Even though uneconomic mines can close when the price of the commodity drops or demand drops, quite often, mines are reopened.

Without becoming political, it looks like another attempt at nation building, and creating something great in the PA solar generation project has been shot down. Sometimes, government needs to get involved and invest taxpayer funds so that the taxpayers can benefit, then sell the asset as the NSW state libs did at a later time, if at all.

Over time, the operating costs of the solar power would have been small in comparison to its revenue.This solar project would have been a lan