TransAlta to build $580M power station in W. Australia

Will supply Horizon's customers in the Pilbara region, Fortescue's port operations.

July 29, 2014   by PLANT STAFF

CALGARY, Alta. — TransAlta Corp. will build, own and operate a 150 megawatt combined cycle gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia to supply power to a state owned utility Horizon Power and a Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary.

The $580 million project, to be built on an existing site at Boodarie Industrial Estate, includes the cost of acquiring existing equipment from Horizon.

The development has been fully contracted under 25-year power purchase agreements with Horizon Power and Fortescue, and may be expanded to accommodate additional customers at later dates.

The station will supply Horizon Power’s customers in the Pilbara region as well as Fortescue’s port operations. The power station is to be commissioned in 2017, creating approximately 250 jobs during construction and 20 jobs when in full operation.

TransAlta, a Calgary-based power generation company, has been operating in Western Australia since 1996 with six facilities totalling 425 megawatts of generating capacity and a natural gas pipeline in development.

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