Finnish power equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has secured a €100m contract from AGL Energy to supply a smart power generation plant.
Known as Barker Inlet Power Station, the new plant will be delivered to AGL under an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) scheme at the site located near Adelaide in South Australia.
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions president Javier Cavada said: “The flexibility of the Wärtsilä solution is a key enabler for utilities to manage large amounts of solar and wind energy being introduced into the power system.
“It provides reliability of supply through its fast-starting and rapid response capability, and it is both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. We congratulate AGL on its commitment to a sustainable electricity supply, and we are delighted to be contributing to the success of this vision.”
With 211MW capacity, the Smart Power Generation plant will include 12 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, which will respond to the rapid fluctuations that are inherent to renewable generation.
The Wärtsilä engines will run primarily on natural gas, but will have the option to run on liquid fuel if necessary.
AGL operates a large portfolio of renewable sources, which also includes wind and solar farms.
AGL Group Operations executive general manager Doug Jackson said: “The new power plant will improve the reliability and security of supply in South Australia. Wärtsilä’s reciprocating engines operate with a lower heat rate than other forms of fast-start plants currently available.”