Canadian Manufacturing

TransAlta named preferred bidder for $565M power plant in Australia

by The Canadian Press   

Canadian Manufacturing
Procurement Energy

Combined cycle gas power station in Western Australia expected to be delivering power in 2016

CALGARY—TransAlta Corp. says it has been named the preferred bidder for the South Hedland Power Project in Australia.

Subject to final approvals, TransAlta will invest the equivalent of almost $565-million in a 150-megawatt gas-fired power station in South Hedland, Western Australia, that it will build, own and operate.

The Calgary-based company said the combined cycle gas power station is expected to be delivering power in 2016 with full commissioning of the station in 2017.

Ouput will be fully contracted under 25-year agreements with Horizon Power and Fortescue Metals Group and may be expanded to accommodate additional customers at later dates.

“Our bid on this development project illustrates the importance and focus that TransAlta places on customers and business in Western Australia,” Dawn Farrell, president and CEO of TransAlta, said in announcing the project.

TransAlta has been operating for more than 15 years in Western Australia, with six facilities totalling 425 MW of generating capacity and a natural gas pipeline under development.


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