Power station, NT

Territory Generation has announced a series of projects to convert gas generators to new synchronous condensers, designed to integrate new infrastructure and support the DarwinKatherine electricity system to take on more renewable energy. 

The projects are designed to further stabilise the grid as more renewable energy is generated and deliver essential system services currently provided by existing rotating generators. 

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. 

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

The investment 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 Skilling the Territory Investment Plan. 

Northern Territory Essential Services Minister, Kate Worden, said, “The Northern Territory Government can invest in our power grid to ensure reliable power supply for Territorians because we own our power assets. 

“The synchronous condensers combined with the investments we have made with the DK BESS and DK BESS 2 will stabilise the grid as we take on more renewable energy. 

“By owning Territory Generation and Power and Water, the Territory Labor Government can assure Territorians we will keep power prices down,” Ms Worden said. 

Territory Generation Chief Executive Officer, Gerhard Laubscher, “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. 

“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,” Mr Laubscher said. 

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