CALLIDE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

A small place making a big contribution

Callide Power Station is located in the Callide Valley near the small town of Biloela in the Banana Shire of Central Queensland. Coal is sourced from the nearby Callide Mine owned by Anglo American Metallurgical Coal.

The Callide site comprises three power stations – Callide A, Callide B and Callide C. Collectively they have the capacity to generate 1,630 megawatts, which is enough to power approximately two million homes. It is Callide A Power Station that was transformed into one of the world’s first coal-fired low emission technology demonstrations – the Callide Oxyfuel Project.

Cool Fact

The Callide Power Station is in the Bowen Basin area of Central Queensland. The Bowen Basin contains some of the largest coal reserves in Australia.

The Bowen Basin coal mines produce around 80% of Queensland’s coal, and the coal industry is the major employer in the region, representing almost 30% of jobs. 

THE CALLIDE OXYFUEL PROJECT HAS PUT THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON BILOELA AND CS ENERGY’S CALLIDE POWER STATION. WE ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF FINDING NEW WAYS OF PRODUCING CLEANER AND AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY FROM COAL.

Martin Moore, CEO CS Energy

 

BILOELA SNAPSHOT

 

Size 28,577 square kilometres
Population

Approximately 6,000 people, the average age of people living in Biloela is 31 years old.

Unemployment 3.5%
Main industries Coal mining
Beef production
Power generation
Cropping

Cool Fact

Banana Shire gets its name from the days when cattle were valuable for hides and tallow. Herds were wild and difficult to handle, yards were few and small. Stockmen used working bullocks as decoys to lead the wild cattle to pens. One renowned decoy was a huge dun coloured bullock named 'Banana'.

After Banana's death his body was taken to a nearby gully that became known as 'Banana's Gully'. When a town developed in the vicinity it took the name of the gully and when the first Council sat there in 1880 the Shire was named after the town.