Bayswater Coal Power Plant is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) from Muswellbrook, and 28 km (17 mi) from Singleton in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Bayswater Coal Power Plant shares the title of being Australia's largest power station with Eraring Power Station. It is coal powered with four steam driven turbo alternators with a combined generating capacity of 2,640MW (4 x 660MW). Much of the coal is supplied by overland conveyors from mines it shares with the nearby Liddell Power Station.

Bayswater Coal Power Plant draws its cooling water from the Hunter River under water entitlements negotiated with the government of New South Wales. The Barnard River Scheme also allows Bayswater and Liddell to transfer water from the upper Manning River catchment into the Hunter River for their use.

The four generating units were completed progressively over 1985 and 1986.


  • Steam Pressure 16,550 kPa
  • Steam Temperature 540 degrees
  • Height 80 metres

Turbo Alternators

  • Number in use: 4
  • Manufacturer: Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company, (Toshiba) Limited, Japan.
  • Operating Speed 3,000 rpm
  • Alternator voltage 23kV
  • Rating: 660 000 kVA (660 MW)
  • Length 50 metres
  • Weight 1.342 kT

Turbine House

  • Length 510 metres
  • Height 38 metres
  • Width 40 metres

Emission Stacks

  • Height 248 metres
  • Diameter at base 23 metres
  • Diameter at top 12 metres

Cooling Towers

  • Height 132 metres
  • Diameter at base 100 metres
  • Diameter at top 52 metres

Coal Consumption is around 8Mtpa and produces around 17,000 GWhs of electricity a year. This is enough power for 2 million average Australian homes and families.

Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 19.80 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal. The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme commencing in 2010 to help combat climate change. It is expected to impact on emissions from power stations. The National Pollutant Inventory provides details of other pollutant emissions, but, as at 23 November 2008, not CO2.