Category Archives: Resources

NSW Deputy Premier proposes debate around nuclear power

Just when you thought most politicians are way far GreenLeft – up pops an exception – The ABC says – Nuclear power on the agenda in NSW as Deputy Premier claims ‘we’ve been led by fear and mistruths’ – Surely he is misquoted re France – which has had a large fleet of nuclear power generators for decades. Any ideas for good practical sites around Sydney? Could Lucas Heights be enlarged?

Lithgow coal mine water pipeline holdup threatens electricity grid

Coal supplies to the 1400MW Mount Piper Power Station are under threat according to this ABC report – Lithgow faces ‘mini depression’ if $100m mine water pipeline not approved, Mayor says – It seems approval is needed for a water pipeline but if anybody has more detailed info please pass on. Mount Piper generates about 17.5% of the current coal fired generation in NSW. I suppose in an emergency coal could be trucked/railed in from somewhere but would mean hundreds of truck movements per day to supply the ~14,000t of coal per day.
Just another threat to baseload electricity on our already rickety grid.

Now 550+ legal claims on New Zealand coast and seas by Maori organizations

I got an email about the large number(~55) of these Public Notices in the NZ Herald relating to coastal land under the NZ Resource Management Act (RMA). My understanding is that if say a mineral explorer – Kiwi Coast Minerals (KCM) – wants to explore for say beach sands – in addition to complying with the RMA they would have to negotiate with local councils – who may have unelected Maori members. I am not sure if there is a further RMA process where KCM may be obliged to negotiate with Maori land organizations, such as those lodging the 55 advertisements. I have kept some pages of adverts offline. Also here are 3 examples of the full text of adverts Continue reading Now 550+ legal claims on New Zealand coast and seas by Maori organizations

Not every day Australia is threatened with a nuclear strike

Here is what the NORK Foreign Ministry spokesman said. While checking headlines at KCNAWATCH I was drawn to this news of the heroic efforts of a mining team at the Komdok Pb, Zn, Ag mine. Perhaps these sort of prizes could help bring back our mining boom. This comparison of North & South Korea sets out some parameters measuring how colossal the NORK failure has been since 1970 measured against booming South Korea. Allowing that SK has twice the population – the NORKs GDP is only about a 40th of the south per capita. A truly stunning performance for the little hereditary Stalinist nuke & missile making hermit kingdom.

First day post Hazelwood – Tassie Hydro props up Eastern electricity grid

Comments starting with Qld (grid “strongman” now) and during an eastern wind drought. Generation by Nemwatch – Price and Demand from AEMO. For bigger Nemwatch chart

QLD demand 6,042MW with generation 6,959MW running a modest surplus in view all grids need some spinning reserve.
NSW demand 8,306MW with generation 7,686MW running a surprising deficit. Must be maxing imports from Qld.
Vic demand 5,373MW with generation 5,328MW small deficit should have spinning reserve. I have never seen Vic in deficit in a year or more watching.
SA demand 1,525MW with generation 1,323MW running a deficit – must be importing from Vic.
Tas demand 1,277MW with generation 1,902MW running a big surplus – Basslink must be humming at near max 600MW feeding power to SA, NSW and Vic.
For months Vic has been the lynchpin State exporting as required to NSW, SA and Tas. Verily our politicians have wrought harm to our electricity system.
Latest AEMO “wholesale price” chart up to Hazelwood closing. Larger version.

Added 3 Apr – This is an interesting AEMO page too – gives a graphical presentation of flows between States. I have not worked out what the red and pale blue signify – on the labels with arrows showing flow between States.

South Australia turns back to fossil fuel

Faced with the need to strengthen their electricity grid the South Australian Labor Government proposes to build and own a $360million 250MW gas turbine generator. When disaster strikes – who do you call? The ABC quotes Premier Weatherill making conflicting statements in his confusion.
Quote 1 – “We will supply the nation — coal-rich states like Queensland and New South Wales will be relying upon the clean, green power that we are developing here in SA.”
Quote 2 – “….making sure that SA power is reserved for South Australians,” he said.”