APR Energy has commissioned two new power plants in South Australia that will help to defend against summer power outages.
In August 2017, SA Power Networks contracted APR Energy to install and operate power plants in the suburbs of Adelaide that would add as much as 276MW of generating capacity by December 1, in advance of peak seasonal demand.
Pre-commissioning activities included rigorous testing by SA Power Networks and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and extensive rehearsals to ensure the plants could meet the customer's requirement to inject electricity to the grid at the first sign of power fluctuations.
"Installing power solutions in a very short period of time is a task APR Energy has achieved all across the world for many years. Thanks to our team's hard work, we delivered two power plants to South Australia ahead of the target date," said John Campion, chairman, APR Energy. "These plants provide South Australia with emissions-friendly generating capacity that will help stabilize the grid, reducing the risk of blackouts, and load shedding during the hottest days of summer."
South Australia Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said, "This project was delivered ahead of deadline, with APR Energy working tirelessly to have the turbines operational before summer. South Australians now have a power plant on standby ready to dispatch to the grid to help avoid power supply shortfalls."
APR Energy's plants feature the latest generation of GE TM2500 mobile gas turbines, capable of delivering more than 30 megawatts of electricity per unit. A key part of the South Australian Government's Energy Plan, the turbines' fast-start capability and built-in Power System Stabiliser technology will play a vital role in helping to maintain grid stability by rapidly injecting large blocks of power while regulating the grid voltage and frequency levels. The turbines also offer key environmental advantages for South Australia, including up to 94 percent lower NOx emissions, significantly less particulate matter, and 20 percent less noise than the emissions-intensive diesel reciprocating engines typically found in the temporary power market.
This is APR Energy's third mobile gas turbines project in Australia, the others being for Horizon Power (100MW) and Hydro Tasmania (75MW).
The commissioning of the South Australia plants comes just days after APR Energy installed two TM2500 turbines for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The company also is nearing completion of a 70MW turbine project in Mexico for Pemex after a major earthquake damaged much of the generating capacity at its largest refinery.
"No other fast-track power company has been called on to deliver so much urgently needed generating capacity in so many places around the world at the same time," Campion said. "Our team's highest priority will always be to ensure that our customers have the reliable power they need as quickly as possible."