Mark McGowan says WA ‘likely’ to need imported coal amid rising concerns over electricity grid

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The WA Premier has admitted it is likely the state will be forced to import coal from New South Wales to keep its lights on over the coming years.

Concerns about the state’s coal supply have been steadily growing, with receivers appointed to one of the state’s main coal mines in September

The following month, the government admitted it would be shutting down one of the state’s coal-fired power stations for three months “to further build its coal stockpiles”. 

Coal needed until 2030: Premier 

Premier Mark McGowan said finding enough coal would continue to be a challenge as the state’s power grid transitions away from coal and closes its remaining coal-fired plants by 2030

A close-up shot of WA Premier Mark McGowan speaking while wearing a hard hat and hi-vis vest.
Mark McGowan says it will be a challenge to source enough power as WA transitions to renewables.(ABC News: James Carmody)

“We will continue to need coal until 2030 to keep the system operational,” he said.

“That will be a challenge to make sure that we have that supply while we keep the system operational whilst we convert to 80 per cent renewables and 20 per cent gas.



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