Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that two Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines have successfully entered service at Power and Water Corporation’s Channel Island Power Station in Australia’s Northern Territory.

The announcement was made in conjunction with a visit to the power station by Rob Knight MLA, Minister for Essential Services, Northern Territory Government of Australia, to mark the official start of the gas turbines’ operation.

Power and Water Corporation managing director, Andrew Macrides said: "We are familiar with aeroderivative technology and given the long history, excellent performance and efficiency of Rolls-Royce, we are very pleased to add these units to our fleet. Channel Island Power Station is our largest supplier of electricity in the Territory and the two new units provide additional security of supply and complement our current seven units."

Roxley McLennan, Rolls-Royce acting regional director for Australia, said: "We are delighted to help meet the Northern Territory’s power generation requirements with two Trent 60 gas turbine packages that will deliver efficient electricity for the local community."

The Trent 60 gas turbine units are each capable of providing up to 58MW of electrical power, when operating with water injection, and combined have boosted the electricity generation capacity of the Darwin-Katherine power system by nearly 25%.

The units, which will be maintained under a Rolls-Royce Long Term Services Agreement, were successfully installed within PWC’s program schedule and entered into commercial operation in November 2011.

The first Rolls-Royce gas turbine electricity generating sets in Australia were installed in 1968.