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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.