Kwinana Power Station
Kwinana Power Station, August 2019 02.jpg
CountryAustralia
LocationKwinana, Western Australia
Coordinates32°11′55″S 115°46′29″E / 32.19861°S 115.77472°E / -32.19861; 115.77472Coordinates: 32°11′55″S 115°46′29″E / 32.19861°S 115.77472°E / -32.19861; 115.77472
StatusOperational
Commission date1970
Decommission date2015
Owner(s)Synergy
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal, Natural Gas
Turbine technologySteam cycle
Cooling sourceSea water
Power generation
Nameplate capacity900 MW
External links
Websitewww.synergy.net.au

Kwinana Power Station was Synergy's second-largest power station, located in Naval Base, Western Australia. At its peak, power was produced from six turbines driven by steam from boilers fired by coal, natural gas or fuel oil, and one gas turbine.

The station was originally built in 1970 as an oil-fired power station, however it was later converted to coal due to the rising price of oil caused by the 1973 oil crisis. This project received an 'Engineering Excellence Award' from the Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia) in 1980.[1]

A 21 megawatt gas turbine, able to be operated on natural gas or diesel fuel, was added in 1972 and took the total nameplate rating to 900MW which was the station's peak.[2] With greatly increased availability of natural gas from the North West Shelf Venture project, natural gas firing was introduced in the mid 1980s. In 2005 oil burning was re-introduced making the power station unique in Western Australia as it could burn the three fuels - coal, natural gas and oil.

The original station operated:

Synergy added two LMS100 gas turbines in 2012[3] which continue to operate as Cockburn Power Station and provide momentum to the industrial revolution movement as Western Australia powers out of the steam age.[4][5] These high-efficiency gas turbines each have the capacity to produce 100 megawatts of electricity.

References

  1. ^ "Conversion of Kwinana Power Station from Oil to Coal Firing". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Kwinana Power Station". Power Technology. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Australia: United Group wins Verve Energy gas turbine EPC contract". The Free Library. October 2009.
  4. ^ "Kwinana Power Station - SourceWatch". www.sourcewatch.org. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ Synergy. "Power stations". Synergy. Retrieved 13 August 2021.