Project proponent Galilee Power, a fully-owned subsidiary of Waratah Coal, said that 1,000 jobs will be created during construction of the power station.

Peter Lynch, CEO of Waratah Coal, said: “The power station will utilise reject coal from Waratah Coal’s tenements as power station feedstock. It will be designed to incorporate the latest clean-coal low emission technologies so that the project is consistent with the Queensland Government’s Smart Energy Policy.”

The power station will be situated approximately 30km to the north-west of Alpha, and adjacent to Waratah Coal’s proposed mine in the Galilee Basin.

The Galilee Power Project will be developed to supply low-cost base load power to the Queensland electricity grid to help meet the rising demand for power in the state. The plant will be developed in two stages.