An Australian energy company wants to build two gas fired power stations in Queensland which it claims would boost the state’s electricity generation by 20 per cent.

Truenergy has applied to build the power stations at Ipswich and Gladstone. Both would have a capacity of up to 1500 MW and use either open cycle or combined cycle gas technology.

If the plans are given to go ahead by Queensland authorities, construction could begin in 2013 said Truenergy.

The Australian Electricity Market Operator has forecast that Queensland will have a shortfall in energy reserves of between 341 MW and 779 MW by 2014.