Co-gen plant reduces airport load

A co-generation plant will power the expanding Perth Airport and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent.

Clarke Energy has been chosen to design, supply, install and commission the 4 MW co-generation plant at the West Australian airport. The co and tri-generation systems supplier will provide two 2 MWe high-efficiency gas engines, two absorption chillers and associated high-voltage switchgear for the airport’s expansion.

The plant will use gas to generate electricity and its heat to power the air-conditioning for both terminals.

“With the airport open 24 hours a day/seven days a week, a continuous power supply is essential, so we are particularly pleased to be building a co-generation plant powered by gas to generate electricity,” Perth Airport chief executive officer Brad Geatches said.

Construction of the new $120 million domestic terminal, located adjacent to the current international terminal, commenced in September. The airport intends to incorporate environmentally sustainable design practices into its plans for the new international arrivals and departures area and domestic pier due for completion in 2014.

Over the past six years, the number of passengers travelling through Perth Airport has doubled, making Perth Airport the fastest growing capital city airport in Australia.