Tennyson Power Station
Queensland State Archives 6450 Powerhouse Tennyson June 1959.png
Turbine room, 1959
Location of Tennyson Power Station in Queensland
LocationTennyson, Brisbane
Coordinates27°31′28.4118″S 153°0′23.0754″E / 27.524558833°S 153.006409833°E / -27.524558833; 153.006409833Coordinates: 27°31′28.4118″S 153°0′23.0754″E / 27.524558833°S 153.006409833°E / -27.524558833; 153.006409833
Construction began1949
Commission date1955
Decommission date1986
Operator(s)Department of Electricity, Brisbane City Council
Thermal power station
Primary fuelSubbituminous coal
Power generation
Units operational2 X 5 MW
4 X 30 MW
2 X 60 MW
Make and modelGE
Brown Boveri & Cie
Nameplate capacity250 MW
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The Tennyson Power Station was a coal-fired power station in Tennyson, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, which operated between 1953 and 1986.[1][2] The power station was the second major plant constructed for Brisbane, the first being the New Farm Powerhouse. It had an installed capacity of 250 MW.[3]

Planning for a new power station started in 1946 as plants at New Farm and Bulimba had reached capacity.[4] Before the Tennyson Power Station was completed demand for power was exceeding capacity. This led to the successful staggering of work hours and some restrictions on electricity use.

The land on which the power station was built was acquired by Brisbane City Council in 1947 as an ideal site to generate power for the city, due to its proximity to the Brisbane central business district and both rail and river access from Ipswich. Construction of the power station began in 1949.[4]

The power plant was fueled by subbituminous coal, transported via the Brisbane River on barges from Ipswich.

After the power station was shut down, demolition was avoided for many years, partially due to the hazardous nature of the asbestos used in construction.[2] The opening scene of the 2002 film Scooby-Doo was filmed here. In 2005, a contract was awarded to the developer Mirvac by the Government of Queensland to develop the site. The power station was demolished and both the Queensland Tennis Centre and Tennyson Reach apartment complex were built in its place.

See also


  1. ^ "The History of the Tennyson Reach Site". Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. via the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Tennyson Power Station". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Coal-Fired Plants in Australia - QLD & SA". Archived from the original on 19 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b Dunn, Col (1985). The History of Electricity in Queensland. Bundaberg: Col Dunn. pp. 85–88. ISBN 0-9589229-0-X.

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