APR Energy has signed a contract with Hydro Tasmania to install and operate a dual-fuel, gas turbine mobile power plant.

The plant is expected to be operational in May and will supplement existing generation capability and help the Australian state mitigate the impacts of a prolonged drought on Tasmania’s hydropower output.

APR said its aeroderivative fuel-flexible turbines will use water injection to further reduce emissions. The company said the turbines will produce 93% less nitrogen oxide than a typical high-speed diesel reciprocating engine.

APR added that the turbines require approximately one-third of the space needed for an equivalent-output plant using diesel reciprocating engines, and generate around 20% less noise.

APR Energy chairman John Campion said: ‘We are pleased to be able to provide Hydro Tasmania with a low-emission power solution in just two months as they work to ensure reliable electricity supply for Tasmanian households and business customers.’

The project is APR Energy’s second in Australia following a four-turbine scheme supporting Horizon Power in Port Hedland in Western Australia.