ADELAIDE, Australia, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Clarke Energy is expanding its Australian power station rental operations through the supply of GE's gas engines to Horizon Power's Short Term Power Project near the remote Pilbara town of Onslow in Western Australia.
- Power station utilises 3 of GE's J320 gas engines with 3MW of power for local operations prior to the construction of a permanent power station
- Deal represents Clarke Energy's growing Australian Remote Power rental business which now consists of 35 units across 6 sites
- Commissioned power plant achieved full output at temperatures approaching 50˚C, with low gas consumption and electrical efficiencies above 40%.
With the local Onslow population forecast to increase, Horizon Power requires additional power generation at the existing Onslow Power Station to meet forecast electricity demands. The additional generation is an interim solution to Onslow's growing demand and will be required until the new power station and infrastructure is constructed by Chevron Australia and handed over to Horizon Power.
The location of the project is within Onslow Salt's mining lease and adjacent the existing Onslow Electric Power (OEP) power station approximately 5 km from Onslow town centre.
The locality is characterised as being in a dusty remote area and harsh environmental conditions with ambient temperatures that can reach 50˚C.
Clarke Energy has supplied 3MW of gas-fuelled power generation equipment which comprises of 3 of GE's J320 containerised gas engines. The containerised generating sets supplied by Clarke Energy underwent a critical reliability test run whereby the units maintained full output as the ambient temperatures soared above 45˚C. The containerised generators operated with low gas consumption with an electrical efficiency above 40% mark, provide a compelling case when compared to the usual scenario of generating power using diesel fuel. Furthermore the units are well suited to remote power island applications with the ability to remain on line following instantaneous full load rejection events.
Greg Columbus, Clarke Energy Managing Director stated, "We are pleased to be securing this critical community project with Horizon Power. Clarke Energy's remote power rental offering has demonstrated to be cost effective and efficient in remote and harsh environmental conditions. In addition to recent sales in Western Australia, this project has increased generation capacity by circa 20%."
About Clarke Energy
Clarke Energy is a leader in the engineering design, installation and long term maintenance of gas engine-based power plants. The company is authorised sales and service provider for GE's Jenbacher gas engines in 16 countries. Clarke Energy employs over 1000 staff and has over 4,400MW of Jenbacher generation equipment operating in its operational areas.
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