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Bridging Peaking Power Plant Solution

Australia plant to run at least 30 months, designed for extreme temperatures

Posted on August 28, 2014

APR Energy, a provider of fast-track power solutions, has signed a contract for a peaking power plant in Port Hedland, Pilbara, Western Australia. The power plant features four GE TM2500+ dual-fuel turbines running on clean-burning natural gas.

Contracted with the end-user customer, Horizon Power, the plant will run for a term of at least 30 months and will serve as a bridging solution until TransAlta Energy (Australia) develops a permanent power plant, due for completion in early 2017.

The plant has been designed for extreme conditions in Western Australia, where temperatures can reach 48oC in the summer, and can be rapidly expanded by an additional two aero-derivative turbines as capacity requirements grow.

The contract replaces APR Energy’s earlier agreement with Forge Group Power Party Limited (“Forge”), which was assumed as part of APR’s acquisition of GE’s power rental business. Following declaration of bankruptcy by Forge, Forge Group Ltd. and a number of its affiliated companies, its contract with APR Energy and its rental contract with Horizon were terminated. APR’s new contract, signed directly with the end-use customer Horizon Power, leverages the plant infrastructure already in place in Port Hedland, the company said.