Pilbara Power Station, Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plant, is now fully operational.
The project has been plagued by delays, cost overruns and environmental concerns.
Pilbara Power station in Pilbara, Queensland, has been officially declared operational.
It’s the world’s second-largest coal-burning power plant after Cairns Power Station.
The facility has been operational since March 2019.
The plant will use about 9,500 megawatts of coal to generate electricity, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Cairns’ power station, which was built in the 1930s, was the world leader in generating electricity, producing about 6 billion megawatt hours in 2017, according the Bureau.
Australian regulators and industry groups have been calling for the plant to be shut down since it started operating in early 2019.
Australia’s coal industry is facing a huge increase in carbon emissions as the coal industry continues to boom.
The coal industry produced about 5.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2017 according to data from the United Nations.