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Tremendous post-war development is fast turning Victoria's Latrobe Valley into the most important power and fuel centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Huge brown coal open-cuts, power stations, briquette works and gasification plants have made the industrial nerve centre of Victoria. Brown coal - and modern methods of utilizing it - form the basis of the Valley's almost unlimited future. Reserves of proven coal exceed 22 000 000 000 tons and exploratory borings indicate that there are further extensive deposits. Yallourn Power Station stands on the banks of the Latrobe River. With a present capacity of 381 000 kilowatts, the power station produces over 40 per cent of the total electricity generated in Victoria. 28 January 1959

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A12111, 1/1959/16/170
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