Senator Andrew Bragg took the opportunity to visit and learn more about Mt Piper power station as part of a tour of the state's electricity assets on Friday, September 6.
The Liberal party Senator, who was elected in 2019, said he welcomed the opportunity to tour the relatively young energy asset and learn more about EnergyAustralia's plan to invest $80 million to expand the plant's capacity.
The plan will replace the majority of the internal components of the plant's two 700 MW-capacity turbines and allow each nit to provide 30MW of additional power without having to burn more coal by 2022.
"The government is very focused on reliability [of electricity supplies]," Senator Bragg said.
"As a new Senator, I think it's important to inform myself on the issue and take the time to inspect the facility."
Senator Bragg declined to comment on Mt Piper's recent announcement that it would be cutting back on operations in the coming months due to coal supply problems.
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