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APR Energy signs contract with Hydro Tasmania

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APR Energy, a global leader in fast track power solutions, has announced that it has signed a contract with Hydro Tasmania to install and operate three clean burning dual fuel gas turbines.

The mobile power plant will supplement existing generation capability and help the Australian state mitigate the detrimental impacts of prolonged drought on Tasmania's hydropower output and the inability to import electricity from mainland Australia due to failure of an undersea power cable. The plant is expected to be operational in early May, and will enable Hydro Tasmania to continue to provide secure electricity supply to its customers.

APR Energy's aeroderivative fuel flexible turbines will use water injection to further reduce emissions. The turbines will produce 93% less nitrogen oxide than a typical high speed diesel reciprocating engine – resulting in a reduction of NOx emissions of 8017 t by diesel reciprocating engines on an annualised basis to 532 t of NOx emissions.

In addition, the power dense turbines require approximately one third of the space needed for an equivalent output plant using diesel reciprocating engines, and they generate approximately 20% less noise.

"We are pleased to be able to provide Hydro Tasmania with a low emission power solution in just two months as they work to ensure reliable electricity supply for Tasmanian households and business customers," said APR Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Campion. "Our mobile turbines offer numerous advantages for environmentally conscious customers and developed markets with stringent regulatory controls such as Tasmania and the rest of Australia."

The Tasmania project is APR Energy's second in Australia. The Company also has a four turbine project supporting Horizon Power in Port Hedland in Western Australia.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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