25/11/2008 - 11:46

New power station for the Pilbara

25/11/2008 - 11:46

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Regional power supplier Horizon Power has entered into a 20-year deal with a Canadian company to build a gas-fired power station in the state's north to meet the growing energy needs in the Pilbara.

New power station for the Pilbara

Regional power supplier Horizon Power has entered into a 20-year deal with a Canadian company to build a gas-fired power station in the state's north to meet the growing energy needs in the Pilbara.

Horizon has signed an agreement with ATCO Power to build an 86 mega watt power station, called the Karratha Power Station, which is said to become the most efficient gas-fired station on the North West Interconnected System.

The station will be constructed, owned and operated by ATCO Power and will supply electricity to residential and business consumers in the NWIS under a 20-year contract with Horizon.

The power station will have the capacity to be ramped up to 150MW and will be located adjacent to Horizon's 132 kilovolt Karratha substation.

Civil works are underway and stage one of the project is due to be completed by March 2010.

 

Below are announcements from the state's Energy Minister and Horizon Power

 

Energy Minister Peter Collier

Horizon Power has taken the next step to meet rapidly growing demand for energy in the Pilbara.

It has entered into an agreement with Canadian energy company ATCO Power to build what will become the most efficient gas-fired power station on the North West Interconnected System (NWIS).

Energy Minister Peter Collier said the region was about to undergo a series of major reinvestments in power generation infrastructure and this was the first step towards meeting the region's energy needs.

"The unprecedented demand for power from resource companies and the booming communities of Karratha and Port Hedland may see the NWIS eclipse the current size of the South West Interconnected System in the next five to eight years," Mr Collier said.

"The Karratha Power Station will be an integral part of the NWIS as it develops from a series of loosely connected generators to a true interconnected system with the reliability and security of the most modern industrial power networks in the world."

The 86MW power station, situated adjacent to Horizon Power's 132kV Karratha substation, could be expanded up to 150MW generation capacity and provide a direct link into the NWIS.

Civil works are underway and Stage One of the project is due to be completed by March 2010.

The Minister said the plant would generate more electricity for less gas than any other power station operating in the Pilbara.

"The plant will initially comprise two 40MW high-efficiency gas turbines and could grow to include a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) that will produce electricity from waste heat," he said.

"The HRSG will take the plant's thermal efficiency from 37 per cent to 48 per cent - nearly a third more electricity for the same amount of gas.

"The plant will initially supply base-load demand but is flexible enough to meet peaking demands as the renewable and large scale generating plant is brought on line in the Pilbara."

 

Horizon Power

Horizon Power today announced plans to build the most efficient gas-fired power station on the Pilbara's North West Interconnected System (NWIS).

The station will be constructed, owned and operated by Canadian Power company ATCO Power and will supply electricity to residential and business consumers in the NWIS under a long-term contract with Horizon Power.

The Karratha Power Station will be constructed next to Horizon Power's Head Office on land owned by Horizon Power and directly adjacent to Horizon's 132KV substation giving it a direct link into the local network.

Horizon Power Managing Director Rod Hayes said the power station would bring added security to the North West Interconnected System.

"With the rapid growth of the NWIS and the increasing demands of energy consumers in the Pilbara, the Karratha Power Station will play a vital role in maintaining a secure and reliable power system," Mr Hayes said.

"Horizon has entered into a 20-year contract with ATCO Power, a company with many years experience in the construction and operation of large-scale power plant.

"The new station will be built to an initial capacity of 86MW but will be designed to grow to meet the growing needs of the region.

"Importantly, the station will feed directly into the North West Interconnected System meaning added security for all users of the system, not just Horizon's customers in Karratha, Port Hedland and surrounding communities," he said.

The power station will initially be comprised of two 43MW high-efficiency gas turbines and can be augmented with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) that will generate electricity from waste heat. The HRSG would enable the plant to generate more than a third more electricity for the same amount of fuel.

Mr Hayes said work had already commenced on the site of the power station and the first of the station's two gas turbines would be delivered by the end of this week.

"The first of the turbines arrives from the US late this week so Karratha residents can expect to see increased activity around our head office site and on the roads leading to the site of the new power station," Mr Hayes said.

Horizon Power will provide regular community updates on the progress of the construction of the power station.

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