Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbine delivers electric power in Tasmania

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that the first Trent 60 gas turbine electrical generating package installed in Australia has officially begun service. The announcement was made in conjunction with the formal opening of the Tamar Valley Power Station at Bell Bay, near George Town, on the Tamar River in Tasmania.

Operated by Aurora Energy (Tamar Valley) Pty Ltd (trading as AETV Power), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora Energy, the Trent 60 Wet Low Emissions (WLE) dual-fuel electrical generating set was ordered in 2007 and began operation in March of this year. The first Trent 60 power was supplied to the Tasmanian electric power grid in April. Capable of providing up to 58MW of electrical power for back-up electricity when required, as well as peaking capacity to the Tasmanian grid, the Trent 60 package has recorded over 2,000 hours of operation to date.

Commenting on the successful installation of the Trent 60, Tony Davis, Regional Director – Australia and New Zealand for Rolls-Royce, said: “The Trent 60 gas turbine power generation package will deliver an efficient and low emission source of electricity for the local community over the long term. The first Rolls-Royce gas turbine electric generating sets in Australia were installed in 1968 here at the Bell Bay site, so we are very pleased that the first Trent 60 is installed close by.”

The Trent 60 WLE engine is designed to meet stringent environmental requirements, including reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, which is a particular focus of both the Australian federal and state governments.

The Tamar Valley installation continues to expand the installed fleet of Trent 60 power generation packages around the world. In addition to the Australia region, the Rolls-Royce Trent 60 has been ordered for, or is installed in, new power stations in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, New Caledonia, Slovakia, Sharjah, the United Kingdom and the United States.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. It operates in four global markets – civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. It has energy customers in 120 countries.
  2. Rolls-Royce employees around 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  3. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  4. Over 50 Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines, including Avons, 501s, Olympus’ and RB211s, have been delivered to operators in Australia to provide power for installations such as hospitals, factories, newsprint mills, mining companies and for operation offshore on oil and gas platforms.
  5. The Trent 60 is the most powerful and efficient engine in the Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbines product range. Capable of delivering up to 64MW of electric power in simple cycle service at 42 per cent efficiency, the engine has established a new benchmark for fuel economy and cost savings.
  6. Rolls-Royce has other Trent 60 power generation successes in the Pacific Region, particularly in mining applications, with units either installed or on order in Western Australia and in the North Province of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.
  7. Rolls-Royce has played an important role in the development of Australia’s civil aviation, defence and marine industries for more than 85 years.
  8. Flagship airlines Qantas and Air New Zealand are important customers in the region. Qantas operates Rolls-Royce powered Boeing 747s, 767s, 717s and Rolls-Royce partnership IAE V2500 engines on its A320 Jetstar fleet. Qantas was one of the first customers in the region to operate the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 powered A380, which entered service in 2008.
  9. Rolls-Royce is a leading supplier of advanced propulsion, motion control, winching and maintenance systems for commercial shipping, offshore and naval vessels in the region. Propulsion system products are extensively used and supported in most Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy ships, and Rolls-Royce shiplift systems are deployed throughout the region.

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