25 Sep 2017
We’ve used natural gas in Australia for more than 100 years and it’s increasingly being used around the world. Find out why.
10 August 2015
Origin buddied up with Kayte, aka Mrs Woog, from Woogsworld.com to embark on a road trip adventure to discover a little more about how energy actually gets to our homes. Join her as she uncovers just how she's able to turn on her kettle every morning.
You may have joined me on my trip around Vicotria to discover how energy is made and where exactly it comes from.
If you haven't been keeping up you can watch days 1, 2 and 3 now.
It's day 4 now, and all I can say is that I didn't realise energy production was so complex!
I set off to visit Mortlake Power Station. Yep, a real power plant! (Do you ever wonder what goes on inside a power plant? I always imagine the fictional Springfield Plant run by Montgomery Burns, and in particular Sector 7-G where Homer Simpson spends his days mindlessly pressing buttons).
Speaking of buttons, one of the first things I noticed when I went inside the plant offices was a big red button on a machine. They told me if the button is pressed, the entire plant shuts down. So, naturally, all I can think about is pressing the button: “Don’t press the button … Must not press the button …”
I didn’t press the button – because there were emus to spot! Yes, that’s right. A mob of emus live in the paddock right next door to the generator.
"They told me if the button is pressed, the entire plant shuts down. So, naturally, all I can think about is pressing the button: Don’t press the button … Must not press the button …"
Anyway, I donned my new pink hard hat (after giving Dave the plant technician a short lecture about gender stereotypes, although secretly I was thrilled to get out of the boring white one!), and I discovered this particular power plant burns gas to make electricity. Gas releases around half the carbon emissions of coal when burned to make electricity – TICK!
Mortlake Power Station is also used as a ‘peaking power station’, which means it’s fired up during what are known as ‘peak times’ in the biz. Peak times generally occur in the morning as we all wake up and start using electricity, and again after work when we all come home and switch on our ovens, dryers, dishwashers and our many other appliances. Basically, this power station puts more electricity into the grid right when it’s most needed.
I had no idea a gas power plant was such an intricate system, let alone a solution to a huge problem.
Because the plant wasn’t fired up during my visit, I was given a VIP tour inside an actual generator! It’s a massive piece of machinery and the very backbone of converting gas into the electricity we use every day.
So, come inside and take a look for yourself. Oh, and see what Dave makes for the monthly lunch special …
Authored by Kayte Murphy
Kayte Murphy (Mrs Woog) is a mouthy 40-something housewife from the burbs. In her blog Woogsworld she shares her thoughts about all kinds of things like family, politics, food, travel, some very lame attempts at fashion, social issues, wine, cheese. And she writes a lot about laundry. Mrs Woog is pretty much running late all the time, and will more often or not turn up somewhere with food spilt down her top.