Rolls-Royce plc, a world leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has won a contract from Alinta Limited to provide a Trent 60 WLE dual-fuel electrical generating set at its new Tamar Valley Power Station site on the Tamar River in Tasmania.
The Trent 60 will operate in a simple-cycle plant providing 58MW of electrical power as part of a new 180MW gas turbine installation, which will provide back-up electricity when required, as well as peaking capacity to the National Electricity Market.
Charlie Athanasia, Vice-President of Power Generation for the Rolls-Royce energy business, said: “The Trent 60 gas turbine genset package will allow Alinta to provide a long-term, clean and efficient source of electricity to its local community.”
The Tamar Valley site has the potential for further development having all the features required for modern and efficient gas-fired power generation. It is adjacent to both the Tasmanian gas pipeline and high voltage electricity transmission lines in addition to having access to a supply of cooling water.
Rolls-Royce will manufacture the Trent 60 engine at its Montreal, Canada facility with assembly of the complete electrical generating set package taking place at its Mount Vernon, Ohio factory in the US. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter in 2008. The first electricity produced at the site will be during the first quarter of 2009.
With this Trent 60 sale, Rolls-Royce has sold its complete range of industrial gas turbines to operators in Australia since the first engines, industrial Avons, went into service in 1968 with the Hydro Commission of Tasmania.