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APR Energy, a power solution provider, recently announced that it has signed a contract with Hydro Tasmania to install and operate three clean-burning dual-fuel gas turbines. The plant is expected to be operational in early-May.
APR Energy's aeroderivative fuel flexible turbines will use water injection to further reduce emissions. The turbines will produce 93 percent less nitrogen oxide than a typical high-speed diesel reciprocating engine – resulting in a reduction of NOx emissions of 8,017 metric tons by diesel reciprocating engines on an annualized basis to 532 metric tons of NOx emissions.
The turbines require approximately one-third of the space needed for an equivalent-output plant using diesel reciprocating engines, and they generate approximately 20 percent less noise. The mobile power plant is likely to supplement existing generation capability and help the Australian state mitigate the detrimental impacts of prolonged drought on Tasmania's hydropower output and the inability to import electricity from mainland Australia due to failure of an undersea power cable.
APR Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Campion said, "Our mobile turbines offer numerous advantages for environmentally conscious customers and developed markets with stringent regulatory controls such as Tasmania and the rest of Australia." The Tasmania project is APR Energy's second in Australia. It has a four-turbine project supporting Horizon Power in Port Hedland in Western Australia.