Owen Springs upgrade

Owen Springs

Work in progress to expand the Owen Springs Power Station, south of Alice Springs.

Territory Generation is expanding power generation capacity at Owen Springs to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity supply in Alice Springs.

The $74.6 million Owen Springs Power Station expansion is due for completion in December 2017.

The expansion involves installing 10 4.1MW GE Jenbacher high-efficiency gas-spark reciprocating engines to replace the capacity of the ageing Ron Goodin Power Station in Alice Springs, which is at the end of its useful life and needs to be retired.

There are social, economic and environmental benefits from the expansion.

The Ron Goodin site will be rehabilitated for potential alternative use.

The capital investment will increase operational efficiency, and reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The non-economic benefits are reduced noise and emissions, increased reliability, increased economic activity and employment.

The new works at Owen Springs will reduce emissions by more than 15 per cent. TGen is adopting a renewable energy strategy which aims to increase production of renewables to achieve the Government’s 50 per cent target by 2030.

Clarke Energy was selected from an original 19 expressions of interest as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to deliver the project.