APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, has announced that it will provide backup generation for South Australia before December 1, adding as much as 276MW to the grid through the use of emissions-friendly mobile gas turbines at two sites.
“APR Energy is pleased to provide emergency back-up generation for South Australian households and businesses,” said John Campion, Chairman of APR Energy. “Ensuring that the people of South Australia have this critically needed power quickly will play an important role in mitigating the risk of blackouts and the need for load shedding during the peak summer months.”
According to the company, it is APR Energy’s third project in Australia, the others being for Horizon Power and Hydro Tasmania, all relying on mobile gas turbines. The full turnkey project will comprise the newest generation of GE TM2500 turbines, connected to the South Australia grid at substations in Edinburgh and Lonsdale. Further, it will serve as the last line of defense against power outages in South Australia, covering all installation, operations and maintenance, as well as transformation from 11kV to 66kV.
“APR Energy’s turbine technology enables it to rapidly inject large blocks of power at the first sign of grid instability,” said the release. “Its turbines produce 94% lower NOx emissions, significantly less particulate matter and 20% less noise than the emissions-intensive diesel reciprocating engines typically found in the temporary power market, providing an environmentally friendly solution for South Australia.”
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said that this is another important step in South Australia taking charge of its own energy future, as the solution will deliver long-term back-up generation for South Australia before this summer.