The Pearl River Delta in WA, Australia, is the worst affected by the construction of a coal-fueled power station that will be a boon to the economy of WA state, according to a new report.
The study, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), found that no significant economic impacts have been experienced.
The $US20 million power station is being constructed near the town of Marrakesh, which is near the Pearl river delta.
The ABC reports that construction on the power station began in June.
A study by the ABS last year estimated that about 6.5 million tonnes of coal would be burned annually at the power plant, which will provide 1,400 megawatts of electricity, equivalent to more than 1.5 per cent of WA’s electricity needs.
“The project has been a significant factor in the decline of the state’s coal sector and its subsequent shift to renewable energy sources,” said the report.
“In the coming months, it will be up against some of the most vulnerable communities in the region.”
The construction of the power complex began in 2009 and is expected to be completed by 2021.
The project is slated to create 5,500 jobs and create $US50 million in employment, according the ABS.
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