Wartsila inks EPC agreement for AGL’s Barker Inlet power plant in Australia

20/03/2018 15:10 Electricity Market


Wärtsilä has inked a €100 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) accord with AGL Energy for the latter’s 211MW Barker Inlet Power Station in South Australia.

In terms of the contract, the Finnish technology group will provide 12 50DF dual-fuel engines for the $295 million ($234 million) gas-fired power plant, which is being constructed on Torrens Island near Adelaide.

Construction on the Barker Inlet Power Station started last month and will involve around 200 people.

The power plant, which will utilize the reciprocating engine technology, is planned to become functional in the second half of 2019. Upon its commissioning, the Barker Inlet power plant is likely to bolster the reliability and security of power supply in South Australia.

The Wartsila dual-fuel engines for the new gas-fired plant will be primarily powered by natural gas and will also have the option to be shifted to liquid fuel when necessary. They will also give the necessary fast-starting capability for the power plant to respond quickly to fluctuations.

Wärtsilä Energy Solutions president Javier Cavada affirmed: “We are pleased that the full go-ahead for this project has been given, and that the project execution work is now underway. The Wärtsilä Smart Power Generation solution, with its high efficiency, fast response and flexible capacity, will enable AGL to provide increased reliability and security of supply to the South Australian power system with increasing renewable penetration while reducing costs and lowering emissions.”

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