Alinta staff address power station

MEMBERS of Alinta Energy’s project staff have presented to Adelaide Plains Council to update elected members on the status of the company’s Reeves Plains Power Station development application.

The deputation marked the first time Alinta’s project staff have addressed council since the company revealed plans, in June, to construct the $450 million six-turbine gas power station in Reeves Plains.

The proposal has since been submitted to the State Government for approval, with public submissions opening a fortnight ago.

Alinta Energy business development manager Huw Adler, Arcadis infrastructure advisory director Greg Harrison, and senior environmental engineer Sam Withers were all in attendance and provided councillors with an overview of the project.

Councillor Terry-Anne Keen raised concerns about the fire safety practices of the plant and the plan for decommission of the site at the end of the plant’s 25-year operational lifecycle.

Mr Withers said Alinta’s project team had contacted the Country Fire Service to ensure the plant is bushfire ready.

“In consultation with the CFS, they’ve asked us to include a 36 kilolitre tank, purely for firefighting water, that they’ll have access to on site,” he said.

“There is also an SA Water main running along Redbanks Road and SA Water has indicated up to a certain rate that we can draw upon, if needed.”

Mr Adler said Alinta will have decommissioning obligations, which could include re vegetation of the area.

Adelaide Plains Mayor Tony Flaherty spoke to The Bunyip about the development application and said the power station will be a boost for the local region.

“I think the proposed project is fantastic for economic growth in our area, particularly near Mallala,” he said.

Speaking at Monday night’s meeting, Mr Harrison said the community information session held in Mallala on November 9 was successful in helping the community understand the development application.

“We presented an overview of the development application and also directed people to the website where they can view the technical bits of the application online,” he said.

“These sessions are not mandatory sessions, but we think it’s best practice to be consulting with the surrounding local community for a project of this size.

“Alinta recognises that they are going to be a long-term member of the community and they want to address each and every concern, as best as they can.”

Public submissions relating to the Reeves Plains Power Station development application must be lodged with the State Commission Assessment Panel by November 29.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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