When you’re maintaining a critical and complex piece of machinery like a 120 MW gas fired peaking power station, ideally you want the people who built the machinery on site to advise and assist. But what happens when circumstances mean that those experts aren’t available to you?
As we transition into a new energy future, the focus is firmly on flexible generation. The 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has encouraged (or made necessary) flexibility beyond our energy generation – particularly at Perth Energy’s Kwinana Swift Power Station in Western Australia.
Finding flexible solutions
The Kwinana Swift Power Station is a 120 MW peaking station located 40km south of Perth. It consists of two Pratt & Whitney SwiftPacs with a nameplate capacity of 60 MW each. The plant features four 30MW gas turbines connected to two common generators. The units can reach full load from standstill within five minutes of commencing operations.