EnergyAustralia signs up to help Hazelwood workers

EnergyAustralia has joined AGL Energy to help redeploy out-of-work employees from the closed Hazelwood brown coal power station.

The two energy companies have signed on to a Victorian government scheme to take on 150 workers affected by the closure of the plant on March 31.

Majority owner Engie announced the loss of 900 jobs at the plant last November.

The Victorian government is spending around $20 million to work with power companies so that some employees retire early, opening a door for former Hazelwood workers to remain in the industry.

Commissioned in the 1960s, the Hazelwood power station began work in 1971 and, although it was initially planned to run until 2005, it was privatised by the Victorian Government in 1996.

 The 1,600 MW plant produces nearly a quarter of coal electricity in Victoria.

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