Fast-track power company APR Energy has sealed a deal for a peaking power plant in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The plant will operate on four GE TM2500+ dual-fuel turbines running on natural gas and has been designed for the extreme weather conditions in Western Australia, where temperatures can hit 48ºC.

The contract is with state-owned utility Horizon Power, which serves more than 10,000 businesses and large industrial customers and more than 100,000 residents across 2.3 million square kilometres.

The plant will operate for at least 30 months and is intended to be a bridging solution until TransAlta Energy (Australia) completes a permanent power plant, which is due in early 2017.

APR Energy now has a generation capacity of 410 MW in the Asia Pacific region.

Laurence Anderson, APR’s chief executive, said the project “aligns with our goal to diversify our operational footprint with projects in developed markets and exemplifies the strong solution turbine technology provides for these customers”.

Clive Turton, APR managing director of Asia Pacific, added: “With this contract, we once again see turbines as the most, if not only, viable technology for utility customers needing large-scale, rapidly-deployed solutions that provide greater grid stability, low capital costs and low emissions.

“We continue to see great opportunities to serve utilities looking for bridging solutions while permanent plants are being built. This application is ideal for any new power projects in developed and developing markets and we expect to see more bridging solutions in the future.”