Kemerton power station
Country
  • Australia
Coordinates33°09′48″S 115°46′50″E / 33.1632°S 115.7805°E / -33.1632; 115.7805Coordinates: 33°09′48″S 115°46′50″E / 33.1632°S 115.7805°E / -33.1632; 115.7805
StatusOperational
Commission date
  • 2005
Owner(s)
Thermal power station
Primary fuel
Turbine technology
Power generation
Units operational4 × 1.25 MW
2 × 155 MW
Make and modeldiesel generator (4)
gas turbine (2)
Nameplate capacity
  • 300 MW

Kemerton Power Station is a power station 17 km northeast of Bunbury in Western Australia. It is located in an area known as the Kemerton Industrial Park.[1][2] The location had been considered as being Kemerton, in the 1980s as a potential aluminium smelter location,[3] but is now considered to be part of Wellesley. The consideration of the site as being appropriate as a power station site was being considered in the early 2000s.[4][5][6][7]

It is rated at 300 MW using two Siemens open cycle gas turbine generators powered by natural gas. It operates as a peaking plant and provides electricity into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). When it was built in 2005, it was rated at 260.9 MW, and received an upgrade to the current capacity in June 2008. When gas is not available, the power station can also operate on fuel oil.[8] Gas is supplied to the Kemerton Power Station via a 4.94 km lateral branch from the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline. The branch line is a 300 mm diameter steel pipe with 6.4 mm wall thickness.[9]

Kemerton power station also has four 1.25 MW diesel generators completed in October 2018. These are used in a contract with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to provide the capability for a black start on the SWIS if needed.[8]

References

  1. ^ Western Australia. South West Development Authority; Harvey (W.A. : Shire). Council; Kemerton Advisory Board (1992), Kemerton Industrial Park, South West Development Authority; Harvey, W.A. : Harvey Shire Council, retrieved 28 November 2019
  2. ^ "Kemerton Industrial Park to power ahead.(Brief Article)", Australasian Business Intelligence, COMTEX News Network, Inc, 20 January 2005, ISSN 1320-6680
  3. ^ Australian Conservation Foundation; Australia. Dept. of Arts, Heritage and Environment; Campaign to Save Native Forests (W.A.); Conservation Council of Western Australia (1985), Submission on the Environmental Impact Statement and economic aspects of the proposed aluminium smelter at Kemerton, Western Australia : submitted to the Federal Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment, The Organizations, retrieved 28 November 2019
  4. ^ Western Power Corporation; Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority; Sinclair Knight Merz (Firm) (2002), Kemerton Power Station : strategic environmental review, Western Power Corporation, retrieved 28 November 2019
  5. ^ Kemerton power station referral. Volume II, technical appendices, The Trust, 2003, retrieved 28 November 2019
  6. ^ Kemerton power station referral. Volume I, supporting documentation, The Trust, 2003, retrieved 28 November 2019
  7. ^ Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority (2003), Kemerton Power Station : Transfield Services Kemerton Pty Limited (as trustees for Transfield Services Kemerton Trust) : report and recommendations of the Environmental Protection Authority, Environmental Protection Authority, ISBN 978-0-7307-6757-2
  8. ^ a b "Kemerton Gas Power Plant". RATCH-Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Description of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline System" (PDF). 1 January 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2019.