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The Old Wallerawang Power Station
Just over 150 km west of Sydney and 14 km northwest of Lithgow, the township of Wallerawang is home to the old Wallerawang Power Station.
The power station opened in 1957 and remained an active coal fired power station until 2014. It was a very important part of the region’s coal-based economy.
Identifying an opportunity to revitalise the site and attract new business to the region, Greenspot Wallerawang Pty Ltd (Greenspot) completed the acquisition of the old Wallerawang Power Station in September 2020.
This was the culmination of a 20-month process, which commenced with an exclusive dealing arrangement between Greenspot and EnergyAustralia in early 2019.
In the lead up to completion of the acquisition, Greenspot undertook extensive commercial, environmental and social due diligence, engaging with a large number of stakeholders with respect to the site and proposed acquisition.
Greenspot is a joint venture between the owners of Borg and Bettergrow, two leading Australian businesses headquartered in New South Wales.
Greenspot has appointed Crossmuller, a Borg Company, to manage the site in the lead up to the DDR program and identify repurposing works which will generate activity on the site in the short to medium term. All necessary approvals will be in place prior to any work commencing.
Greenspot and Crossmuller have a strong commitment to site safety, with Crossmuller establishing digital safety inductions for site workers.
Alpha K9 Security will also provide 24/7 security services.
Greenspot’s first priority is to satisfy all of Council’s requirements to allow the commencement of significant decommissioning, demolition and rehabilitation (DDR) works which must be undertaken on site. It is anticipated that Greenspot satisfies those requirements so that the business is in a position to commence works on site in first half of 2021. The DDR works will take approximately two and a half years to complete.
We expect that the DDR works will commence in the first half of 2021. Significant activity will be generated on site during the DDR phase. While the DDR works are being undertaken, Greenspot will be investigating the highest and best uses for the site and seeking approvals for the site to be repurposed to accommodate those uses.
It is anticipated that the peak workforce during DDR will be approximately 60, with an average workforce of 30. Additional jobs will be generated by the repurposing of the site.
Yes, Greenspot has been approached by a number of interested parties. Those discussions are currently confidential in nature and further details will be provided as soon as possible.
Greenspot has engaged and will continue to engage preeminent environmental and sustainability experts, and other suitably qualified contractors, who will work closely with the team in the decommissioning, demolition and rehabilitation of the power station site.
Greenspot will also work collaboratively with State Government owned Generator Property Management Pty Ltd which has taken over ownership and the responsibility to rehabilitate the Power Station’s ash dams, located north of the site.
Greenspot is confident that the chosen team will ensure the appropriate management or disposal of all contaminated material.
It is Greenspot’s current intention to retain the turbine hall and adjacent administration building, the coal dome, the small chimney stack from the former A and B station and the cooling tower.
Other infrastructure, such as the reverse osmosis plant, will be retained in the medium term for use by Generator Property Management Pty Ltd in the rehabilitation of the ash dams.
Please visit Greenspot’s Environmental Information page to view relevant EPA license information and the complaints line contact number.
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