Synchronous condenser conversion for NT’s Channel Island

Channel Island Power Station (power outage)
Channel Island Power Station (Image: Territory Generation)

Territory Generation has commenced detailed design and engineering works to convert one of its Channel Island Power Station Frame 6B gas turbine generators to operate as a synchronous condenser.

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Synchronous condenser projects will further assist in stabilising the grid as more renewable energy is generated and deliver Essential System Services currently provided by existing rotating generators.

The synchronous condenser complements Territory Generation’s big battery, the 35MVA DK BESS and the recently announced DK BESS 2 to increase stability of the power system.

This investment in the electricity grid is designed to enable further uptake of renewable energy.

The project has been developed in consultation with Northern Territory Government stakeholders to align with the Immediate Investment Plan.

Territory Generation CEO Gerhard Laubscher said, “The Frame 6B turbines have served the power system well over the last 40 years, and Territory Generation is excited to repurpose an existing asset to contribute to the future energy requirements of the power system.

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“The Channel Island Power Station synchronous condenser conversion project aligns with Territory Generation’s Fleet Transition Plan while advancing Northern Territory Government renewables and emissions objectives.”

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