12/04/2010 - 13:39

ATCO fires up Karratha power station

12/04/2010 - 13:39

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A new gas-fired power station in Karratha has started operations ahead of schedule today, giving the resource-intense region an energy boost.

ATCO fires up Karratha power station
ATCO Power brought its Karratha power station online today.

A new gas-fired power station in Karratha has started operations ahead of schedule today, giving the resource-intense region an energy boost.

Canadian company ATCO Power's 86 megawatt Karratha power station started full commercial operations today, 16 months after the project was first announced in November 2008.

The station uses 35 per cent less gas to produce each kilowatt hour of electricity compared to existing generation, resulting in 35 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The facility will supply electricity to residential and business customers on the Pilbara North West Interconnected System under a 20-year contract with Horizon Power.

"High levels of activity in the resource development sector have contributed to the need for additional power in Western Australia," ATCO president Rick Brouwer said

"Adding generating capacity while at the same time being environmentally responsible, demonstrates ATCO's commitment to the region."

The facility comprises of two, 43MW gas turbines, and the station can be expanded with the addition of a heat recovery steam generator, which would generation additional electricity from waste heat.

It's the third power station in Australia for ATCO, which already has an 180MW facility in Adelaide and a 33MW station in Brisbane.

The company has 20 power stations worldwide.

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