Clarke Energy wins contract for WA gas-fired power station

Clarke Energy has been selected to engineer, procure and construct APA Group’s new 45MW gas-fired power station in Western Australia.

Clarke Energy will provide 11 of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher J624 gas engines to the Yamarna Power Station, which is being constructed to supply power to the Gruyere Gold Project.

Gas for power generation will be transported a total of almost 1500km using four APA Group interconnected pipelines including its latest greenfield, 198km Yamarna Gas Pipeline, currently also under construction.

“As an infrastructure owner, our priority is to provide safe, reliable and efficient energy to our customers,” APA Group executive Sam Pearce said.

“Together with Clarke Energy as the EPC and GE’s demonstrated Jenbacher gas engine technology providing the power, we will be able to, once again, deliver a compelling energy solution for our customer using both our interconnected pipeline and power generation capabilities to the remote gold mine.”

The Gruyere Gold Project is a 50/50 joint venture between the ASX-listed Gold Road Resources Ltd and the global miner Gold Fields Limited.

It is located in the Yamarna greenstone belt of WA, 200km north-east of Laverton and to the north of APA Group’s Eastern Goldfields Pipeline.

GE’s Jenbacher J624 is the world’s first two-stage, turbocharged gas engine.

It provides the highest levels of engineering excellence and significant advantages, particularly in the areas of operation in hot environments – such as the Gruyere Gold Project location – and in multiple engine power plants for independent power production and combined heat and power applications.

“GE’s gas engine technology is an excellent fit for APA Group’s needs of safety, reliability and efficiency and is well-proven with an installed gas engine fleet of more than 700MW in Australia,” Clarke Energy managing director Greg Columbus said.

“We look forward to providing safe, on-time and on-cost project delivery for APA Group and supporting its needs at the Gruyere Gold Project well into the future.”

The gas engines will be built in the company’s Jenbach, Austria, facility and are expected to ship during late 2017.

Commissioning of both the pipeline and power station is expected to be in late 2018 to align with the Gruyere JV’s expectation of first gold scheduled for early 2019.