Liddell Power Station

Liddell Power Station, as seen across Lake Liddell, expected to close sometime in 2023.

Liddell Power Station has had an interesting history. Built as part of a pair of power stations in the Musswellbrook region in New South Wales (the other being the Bayswater Power Station), Liddell Power Station Liddell was the most powerful generating station in Australia t the time of its completion in the early 1970s. Liddell was the first major power station in New South Wales to be built inland, using fresh water for cooling instead of the more abundant salt water used in coastal power stations.

It is currently owned by AGL Energy and has been estimated to emit 14.70 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal. In order to help combat climate change, AGL has announced it intends to close the station and replace it with a big battery and current plans are for this to happen by April 2023.

Lake Liddell is an artificial lake created to supply cooling water to the power station, and has been closed to the public because of brain eating amoeba. A local resident of the Lake Liddell campground, who works as a miner, tells me the Liddell power station is really pretty at night with the lights shining from across the lake.

Posted by Chris Tham

Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy. She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos. More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world. Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.