$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 a 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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