Welcome to Eraring, Australia’s largest power station

Eraring has supplied power to NSW for over 35 years.

Eraring is also one of the most flexible power stations in the National Electricity Market. It’s playing an important role supporting the market’s transition to renewable energy sources, while continuing to provide reliable and affordable energy to our customers.

In these pages, we present you with the latest news on Eraring operations and projects, and updates on our work in the community. We also introduce you to some of the people invovled in running Australia’s largest electricity generation plant.

Our Eraring people, working to get energy right for our customers, community and planet.

Fran Frost – Powered by good energy

Volunteering through the Origin Energy Foundation allows Fran to grow connections with the local community and help those in need.

Charmaine Bretherton – Variety on the job

Charmaine Bretherton left a career in finance to start work at Eraring Power Station 14 years ago.

Jai Cooper – keeping Eraring safe

Eraring Power Station is a safer place to work, thanks to Jai Cooper and the rest of his crew.

Eraring at a glance

Eraring Power Station is a black coal-fired power station. It’s located in NSW on the shores of Lake Macquarie, approximately 120 km north of Sydney and 40 km south of Newcastle. 

The station comprises four 720 MW coal fired generator units and one 42 MW diesel generator. This gives it an overall generating capacity of 2,922 MW and makes it Australia’s largest power station. It accounts for approximately 25% of New South Wales’ power requirements.

Fully commissioned in 1984, Eraring was acquired from the NSW Government by Origin in 2013. It is our only coal fired power station.

Under the 5 pillars of our decarbonisation strategy, Origin has committed to a cleaner, smarter energy future. We’ve set targets to reduce our carbon emissions and increase our renewables and storage capacity.

In February 2022 Origin notified the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) of the potential early retirement of Eraring in August 2025, at the end of the three-and-a-half year notice period.

We intend to utilise the Eraring site beyond any retirement of the coal-fired power station, with plans to install a large-scale battery.

Origin will work with our people and the local community to determine the most appropriate transition planning for any eventual closure.


Career opportunities at Eraring 

Check out the current career opportunities at Eraring and elsewhere at Origin.

Latest news

12 May 2022: Eraring Battery receives NSW Government approval. Origin Energy (Origin) has reached an important milestone in its plans to develop a large-scale battery at Eraring Power Station, receiving planning approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPR).

17 February 2022:  Origin proposes to accelerate exit from coal-fired generation. Notice has been submitted to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) indicating the potential early retirement of Eraring coal-fired power station at the end of the required three- and half-year notice period.

19 August 2021: Origin will be conducting a major maintenance outage on Unit 4 at the Eraring Power Station to ensure the safe, flexible and reliable operations of the power station.

1 July 2021: Origin set to significantly increase coal ash recycling at Eraring

11 June 2021: Nominations are open to fill a vacancy on the Eraring Power Station Ash Dam expansion project Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

Established in early 2020, the CCC comprises 7 community members and a representative of the Lake Macquarie City Council. Due to a resignation, there is a vacancy on this committee and we’re seeking applications from members wanting to voluntarily contribute by joining this group.

These committees, established for State Significant Development in NSW provide a forum for open dialogue between the proponent and representatives of the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils on issues directly related to the project.

How to apply

You’re encouraged to apply if you live locally or are a member of relevant stakeholder groups and you are seeking to constructively contribute to discussions as part of about 4 meetings a year.

Applications must be lodged by 16 July 2021 and sent to the Independent Chairperson:

Margaret Harvie, PlanCom Consulting, P.O. Box 411, Potts Point, NSW, Australia 2011 or email margaret@plancom.com.au

Download an application form and find more information about the CCC at the NSW Government’s Community Consultative Committees page.  

12 January 2021: Origin has announced plans to progress the development of a major grid scale battery at Eraring

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