GE Distributed Power and Clarke Energy Driving CSG LNG Expansion in Australia
GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business said that GE’s Jenbacher gas engine authorized distributor for Australia, Clarke Energy, has been selected to supply Australia Pacific LNG with 19 new Jenbacher J620 gas engines for two on-site power projects in rural Queensland.
The 3-megawatt (MW) gas engines will be used to generate a total of 57 MW of reliable electricity at two coal seam gas (CSG) processing facilities currently under construction. Australia Pacific LNG is an incorporated joint venture between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec.
The first project at the Reedy Creek coal seam gas processing facility is an expansion of an existing 30 MW on-site power station installed in 2013 with 10 additional high-efficiency Jenbacher J620 gas engines, doubling the size of the plant to 20 units (60 MW). For the second project, Clarke Energy will supply the remaining nine Jenbacher J620 units for a temporary, 27-MW on-site power plant that will generate reliable electricity for the Eurombah Creek coal seam gas processing facility. Both projects will be owned, operated and maintained by Clarke Energy, with further support available from Clarke Energy’s network of field service technicians and staff already located at nearby sites.
After the two new power projects are completed, Australia Pacific LNG will have an installed fleet of 29 Jenbacher gas engines capable of producing a total of about 87 MW of power to support coal seam gas processing activities.
Clarke Energy was awarded the Eurombah Creek and Reedy Creek projects under a temporary power services agreement. The rental agreement calls for Clarke Energy to design and construct a fully operational temporary power station featuring the nine Jenbacher gas engines that will generate 27 MW at Eurombah Creek and 10 units generating 30 MW at Reedy Creek. The agreement is designed to provide the facilities with a constant power supply, using locally extracted coal seam gas, until permanent electrical infrastructure can be installed.
Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s Distributed Power business noted that in addition to gas engines, GE also is seeing a strong demand for other power, water filtration and oil and gas production technologies and services in Australia as the country further develops its land-based and offshore energy infrastructure.
Both new power facilities will use Clarke Energy’s modular power station concept in which each gas engine generation set is housed in an individual enclosure. This concept, which has been proven to be successful at 12 other sites in Australia since 2006, incorporates many features to facilitate safer operation and maintenance. It also demonstrates a reliable performance under Australian outback conditions, including incorporation of Australian Standards, local legislation requirements and oil and gas industry best practices.
Press Release, May 27, 2014