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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4314

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Housing and Construction) - I move:

That in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969-1973, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the Committee has duly reported to Parliament.

Construction of stage 6 extensions of the Stokes Hill Power Station - Darwin, 'Northern Territory.

The proposal involves the provision of two 23. 5 meggawatt turbo-alternator sets with associated oil fired boiler plant, auxiliaries, switchgear, unit transformer, and 66 kV switchyard: construction of a concrete chimney; construction of a 24,000-ton capacity fuel oil tank; supply and installation of two 66 kV underground cables linking the power station and city zone substation together with modifications to overhead transmission lines in the Frances Bay area. The estimated cost of the proposed work is $10. 8m.

The Committee concluded that it was reasonable to plan for the future on the basis of a growth rate of 17 per cent per annum, that there was a need for additional generating plant to be operating by 1977, that the present site was suitable for the final additions to the Stokes Hill Power Station, and that the work proceed to construction in this instance. The Committee also recommended that the proposed timetable for the work be adhered to. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

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