Capacity: 1,510 MW
Fuel: Black coal
Location: Biloela, Central Queensland
Callide Power Station uses coal-fired power generation to supply baseload electricity to the national grid via its two sites: Callide B and Callide C.
The 700 megawatt Callide B Power Station was commissioned in 1988 and since then has continued to supply electricity to our national market.
In 2001 the 810 megawatt Callide C Power Station was commissioned, doubling the generating capacity of the Callide site. Callide C was the first supercritical coal-fired power station in Australia. CS Energy owns Callide C in a 50/50 joint venture with InterGen.
How electricity is generated at callide
Here is a simple explanation of how electricity is generated at Callide Power Station.
- Coal is ground to a fine powder and ignited.
- The heat from the fire is directed to a boiler. The boiler contains many thin steel tubes filled with water. Heat converts the water in the tubes into steam.
- This extremely hot steam is pumped at high pressure into a turbine, which is basically a giant fan.
- The turbine spins the generator. The movement causes a powerful electromagnet within the generator to create electrons.
- The electrons produce an electrical current. Electricity is then transported out of the power station via transmission lines.
- Steam is cooled and condensed back to water for reuse.
- Ash from the coal is safely discharged to be stored or recycled.
Working at Callide
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Callide oxyfuel project
CS Energy also owns the Callide A Power Station, which was originally constructed in 1965. Callide A was the site of the Callide Oxyfuel Project, which was decommissioned in 2015/16 following a successful two-year demonstration of carbon capture technology.