The first Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbine electrical generating package installed in Australia has officially begun service at the Tamar Valley Power Station in Tasmania.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the formal opening of the Tamar Valley Power Station at Bell Bay, near George Town, on the Tamar River in Tasmania.
Operated by Aurora Energy, the Trent 60 Wet Low Emissions (WLE) dual-fuel electrical generating set was ordered in 2007 and began operation in March of this year. The first Trent 60 power was supplied to the Tasmanian electric power grid in April.
Capable of providing up to 58MW of electrical power for back-up electricity when required, as well as peaking capacity to the Tasmanian grid, the Trent 60 package has recorded over 2,000 hours of operation to date.
“The Trent 60 gas turbine power generation package will deliver an efficient and low emission source of electricity for the local community over the long term. The first Rolls-Royce gas turbine electric generating sets in Australia were installed in 1968 here at the Bell Bay site, so we are very pleased that the first Trent 60 is installed close by,” said Rolls Royce regional director — Australia and New Zealand, Tony Davis.