Townsville Power Station is operated as a base loading plant providing input to the Queensland electricity system. RATCH-Australia completed a $115 million redevelopment of the power station in 2005. The expansion increased the size of the power station to 234 MW capacity.
With its clean coal seam methane fuel and combined cycle configuration, Townsville Power Station prevents more than a million tonnes of carbon dioxide from emission into the atmosphere every year as the power it generates displaces generation by less efficient coal fired power stations elsewhere.
It is independently estimated that Townsville has a remaining economic life of 19 years based on the original equipment design life of the gas turbine of 30 years which was installed in 1999.
Townsville Power Station is located 20km to the north of Townsville, Queensland and is wholly owned by the RATCH-Australia.