Rolls-Royce technology boosts electricity generation in Australia's Northern Territory

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that two Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines have successfully entered service at Power and Water Corporation's Channel Island Power Station in Australia's Northern Territory.

The announcement was made in conjunction with a visit to the power station by Rob Knight MLA, Minister for Essential Services, Northern Territory Government of Australia to mark the official start of the gas turbines' operation.

Power and Water Corporation Managing Director, Andrew Macrides said: "We are familiar with aeroderivative technology and given the long history, excellent performance and efficiency of Rolls-Royce, we are very pleased to add these units to our fleet. Channel Island Power Station is our largest supplier of electricity in the Territory and the two new units provide additional security of supply and complement our current seven units."

Rolls-Royce, acting Regional Director - Australia, Roxley McLennan said: "We are delighted to help meet the Northern Territory's power generation requirements with two Trent 60 gas turbine packages that will deliver efficient electricity for the local community."

The Trent 60 gas turbine units are each capable of providing up to 58 megawatts of electrical power, when operating with water injection, and combined have boosted the electricity generation capacity of the Darwin-Katherine power system by nearly 25 per cent.

The units, which will be maintained under a Rolls-Royce Long Term Services Agreement, were successfully installed within PWC's program schedule and entered into commercial operation in November 2011.

The first Rolls-Royce gas turbine electricity generating sets in Australia were installed in 1968.

  1. Power and Water Corporation provides electricity, water supply and sewerage services to almost 80,000 customers across the Northern Territory – an area of more than 1.3 million square kilometres. With total assets of more than $1 billion, Power and Water is one of the largest businesses in the Northern Territory, employing over 1,000 people.
  2. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  3. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  4. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  5. Rolls-Royce employs 40,400 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  6. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  7. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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