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APR signs contract for peaking power plant in Australia

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:52 -- Laura Varriale
APR Energy gas turbines

Temporary power provider APR Energy has secured a deal with Australian state-owned utility Horizon Power for a peaking power plant in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The plant will feature four of APR Energy’s dual-fuel mobile gas turbines, producing 30MW of power each. The plant is set to run as a bridging solution for at least 30 months until Australia’s electricity power generator and marketer TransAlta Energy has built a permanent power plant, scheduled for 2017.

The peaking plant will be designed for the extreme conditions in Western Australia, where temperatures can reach 48°C in the summer. The contract provides an option of the additional installation of two aero-derivative turbines, if capacity requirements grow.

APR Energy has now a generation capacity of 410MW in the Asia Pacific region. "With this contract, we once again see turbines as the most, if not only, viable technology for utility customers needing large-scale, rapidly-deployed solutions that provide greater grid stability, low capital costs and low emissions,” said APR Energy’s managing director of Asia Pacific, Clive Turton.

The contract replaces APR Energy's earlier agreement with Forge Group Power Party Limited, which declared bankruptcy.

Horizon Power serves more than 10,000 businesses and large industrial customers as well as more than 100,000 residents, across a range of 2.3m sq. kilometres in Western Australia.

Capstone receives 9MW factory protection plan contract

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:21 -- Laura Varriale
Capstone microturbines

Microturbine manufacturer Capstone Turbine has signed a contract for a factory protection plan (FPP) for nine C1000 microturbines at Horizon Power Systems locations.

Energy supplier Horizon Power Systems aims to cover nine turbines that currently operate in remote central gas gathering plants in the US Rocky Mountain and mid-continent regions, with the 9MW FPP.

The FPP is an addition to $175m in product backlog and increased the total contract backlog for Capstone Turbine’s FPPs to a record of over $55m.

The Capstone Turbine FPP is designed to secure the reliability of the company’s turbines offering a risk-transfer solution that aims to limit the monetary risk of unplanned maintenance over the contract life. Capstone Turbine power packs, in which the turbines are integrated, reduce flared gas and cycle it back into the production process.

"Most oil and gas producers work in remote locations where an electric utility grid is not an option or unreliable. The Capstone Turbine microturbine becomes the sole source of critical low emission power that our customers have come to rely on," said Sam Henry, president of Horizon Power Systems.

The FPP is set to run over nine years.

Horizon Power Systems has currently over 600 Capstone Turbine microturbines in operation.

General Electric to supply 25MW turbines to Nigeria

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:56 -- Laura Varriale
General Electric gas turbine

General Electric is to provide three 25MW aeroderivative gas turbines to GEL Utility Limited (GEL) in Nigeria.

GEL is to install the trailer-mounted turbines at Nigerian’s National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) state oil refinery at Port Harcourt to overcome chronic local grid outages and generate uninterruptible power. The engines are designed to provide baseload and backup power to support refinery operations.

The 49-year-old Port Harcourt facility is the country’s largest oil refinery and aims to regain full capacity for refining from its present 30% output. It has a total maximum capacity of 210,000 barrels per day.

“This project was not only important in getting the refinery back into full operation, but also to support Nigeria's long-term economic interests by achieving optimum refining capacity," said GEL chief executive Akinowole Omoboriowo.

The chronic power outages have forced Nigeria to import large amounts of refined petroleum to meet the electricity demand. The installation of General Electric’s turbines is to reduce the imports.

The units will start operations this month.

GEL signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Nigerian National Power Petroleum Corporation to modernise also two other refineries in the country.

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