NSW power station considered critical infrastructure

The Port Kembla power station will produce up to 635MW of electricity.

A proposed $1.3 billion hydrogen-gas turbine power station in Port Kembla has been declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure, given its importance to renewable energy capacity in NSW.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the proposed power station would produce up to 635MW of electricity on demand and create 700 construction jobs.

Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said the proposed power station had committed to using up to 50 per cent green hydrogen.

The proponent can now request assessment requirements to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, which will be subject to extensive community consultation and a full environmental assessment. If approved, the new power station could be completed by 2024.