Territory Generation has replaced aged electricity generators at Tennant Creek with the latest equipment in order to provide efficient and reliable power supply and drive down the cost of producing electricity (images of TCPS upgrade taken in November 2017).
The $26 million upgrade was completed in November 2017. The project involved installing three 2MW gas-fired engines and a 1.5MW diesel engine next to the existing plant.
The engines were manufactured in Austria and arrived at Tennant Creek in October. The upgrade will reduce emissions by an estimated 20 per cent and increase the reliability of supply.
Twenty-seven direct jobs were created during the construction phase.
The existing engines at Tennant Creek are 20 to 40 years old and don’t meet the town’s load and reliability requirements. The capital investment will increase operational efficiency, and reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The works at Tennant Creek will reduce emissions by more than 20 per cent.
Territory Generation is adopting a renewable energy strategy which will increase production of renewables to achieve the Government’s 50 per cent target by 2030.
As technology advances it’s expected that renewable energy will contribute a greater proportion of the energy mix in Tennant Creek and across the NT. Territory Generation is considering the installation of 2MW solar PV capacity at Tennant Creek.