APR backup generators to improve South Australian energy resiliency

SA Power Networks has contracted APR Energy to provide technology to combat power outages in South Australia.

The company’s backup generators will add as much as 276 MW to the grid. The emissions-friendly mobile gas turbines should provide critical grid stability before December 1, 2017.
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“APR Energy is pleased to provide emergency back-up generation for South Australian households and businesses,” said John Campion, chairman of APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions. “Ensuring that the people of South Australia have this critically needed power quickly will play an important role in mitigating the risk of blackouts and the need for load shedding during the peak summer months.”

APR Energy’s project will comprise the newest generation of GE TM2500 turbines, featuring the latest advancements in mobile turbine technology in the industry. The turbines will be connected to the South Australia grid at substations in Edinburgh and Lonsdale. The full turnkey project includes all installation, operations and maintenance, as well as transformation from 11kV to 66kV.

“This is another important step in South Australia taking charge of its own energy future,” said Premier Jay Weatherill. “This solution will deliver long-term back-up generation for South Australia before this summer. Importantly, this solution will deliver more generation capacity than originally planned, while emitting less carbon pollution than Torrens Island Power Station” ” a natural gas-power generating facility near the state capital Adelaide.

This is APR Energy’s third project in Australia ” the others being for Horizon Power and Hydro Tasmania ” both relying on mobile gas turbines. APR Energy’s turbine technology enables it to rapidly inject large blocks of power at the first sign of grid instability. Its turbines produce 94% lower NOx emissions, significantly less particulate matter and 20% less noise than the emissions-intensive diesel reciprocating engines typically found in the temporary power market, providing an environmentally friendly solution for South Australia.à‚ 

Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said “AEMO’s latest report proves that by having this power plant and our grid-scale battery in place by 1st December, we will substantially improve security of power supply in South Australia”, and Alan Chapelle, press spokesperson for APR concurred with that statement, telling Power Engineering International, “We believe ” as I trust the South Australian government does ” that our project will provide the back-up power needed to mitigate the risk of future blackouts.”

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