The new unit will result in some emissions reduction, and noise from steam-venting activity also will be reduced, says the company. Power not required for refining operations will be sold into the local markets, enhancing electrical supply availability in the region. The new plant is expected to come on stream in the second quarter of 2008.

A new energy plant in south-eastern Queensland, Australia, featuring 11 of GE Energy’s largest Jenbacher gas engines, is being built to use coal seam gas from unmined coal beds as fuel to generate electricity for the regional grid.