Rolls-Royce ha successfully started up and entered into service two Trent 60 gas turbines at Power and Water Corporation’s Channel Island power station in Australia’s Northern Territory.

The official start of operations took place during a visit to the plant by Rob Knight MLA, minister for Essential Services, Northern Territory Government of Australia.

Power and Water Corporation mnaging director, Andrew Macrides said: “We are familiar with aeroderivative technology and given the long history, excellent performance and efficiency of Rolls-Royce, we are very pleased to add these units to our fleet. Channel Island power station is our largest supplier of electricity in the Territory and the two new units provide additional security of supply and complement our current seven units.”

The Trent 60 gas turbine units are each capable of providing up to 58 MW of electrical power, when operating with water injection, and together have boosted the generation capacity of the Darwin-Katherine power system by nearly 25 per cent.

The units will be maintained under a Rolls-Royce long term services agreement. The first R-R gas turbine electricity generating sets in Australia were installed in 1968.