$570m gas-fired power contract for TransAlta in Australia


Canada’s TransAlta Corporation is to build and operate a 150 MW combined-cycle gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia after winning an A$570m contract from state-owned Horizon Power.

Reuters reports that TransAlta will supply power to the utility as well as Fortescue Metal Group’s Pilbara Infrastructure subsidiary.
The development has been fully contracted under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Horizon Power and Fortescue, and may be expanded to accommodate additional customers at later dates.

The combined-cycle gas power station is expected to be commissioned in 2017, creating approximately 250 jobs during construction and 20 jobs when in full operation.

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