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Austria’s GE’s Distributed Power Business is to supply 10 gas engines through its Australian distributor Clarke Energy providing a major upgrade to the Territory Generation

GE Jenbacher
29 March 2016

GE Jenbacher gas engines have been in high demand in Australia for years. Clarke Energy, their authorised distributor and service partner, has just been awarded a major contract to supply and install GE’s high efficiency Jenbacher reciprocating gas engine generators in the Northern Territory.

Territory Generation, the Northern Territory's major producer of electricity, has received Northern Territory Government approval to invest $75 million to expand power supply facilities at the Owen Springs Power Station in Alice Springs. The power infrastructure upgrade is part of an electricity cost reduction drive initiated by the Northern Territory Government to make the use of electricity more affordable to its local residents by introducing greater contestability and the adoption of more fuel efficient technologies.

Treasurer David Tollner said this expansion will give Alice Springs residents increased confidence in their power supply and create high efficiency power plants with improved environmental outcomes. “Once works are complete we will see a significant reduction in maintenance and operating costs, and a reduction in noise and carbon emissions,” he said.

After a nine month tender process Territory Generation selected Clarke Energy to deliver the project. “The performance of this equipment has been well proven in remote Australian conditions similar to the environments at Owen Springs Power Station.”

The expansion will add 41 MW of gas fired spark ignition reciprocating power. Works at the plant are due to start this month and be commissioned by December 2017.

The existing Ron Goodin Power Station located at Sadadeen, Alice Springs, will be retired and decommissioned once the Owen Springs Power Station expansion is completed. Ron Goodin Power Station was commissioned in 1973 and is at the end of its useful life.