Clarke Energy has been awarded the contract by Energy Developments Limited (EDL) to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the expansion of a Waste Coal Mine Gas (WCMG) Power Station at their Moranbah North WCMG Power Station in Central Queensland, Australia.

The facility will utilise gases liberated during the mining process which would otherwise have been flared. These gases will now be used to generate electricity and reduce operational costs.

EDL is an international provider of safe, clean, low carbon emission energy and remote energy solutions. EDL currently manages an international portfolio of 800MW of power generation facilities in Australia, the United States and Europe, utilising a range of fuel sources operating in four main areas: waste coal mine gas, landfill gas, natural gas and diesel.

The development will bring a number of benefits to the local area. The plant is a distributed generation facility that will benefit the local electricity transmission network. By providing distributed generation the power plant will reduce constraints on the local network.  There will be jobs creation in the local area, both during construction and also to support the long-term operation of the plant. The utilisation of the gas for the generation of electricity will help prevent its release into atmosphere. The total carbon emission avoidance for the facility will now total over 1.3m tonnes CO2 equivalent per annum.

The award of this project reaffirms the selection by EDL of GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology and the Clarke Energy model for EPC contracts as the preferred delivery choice, particularly in the waste coal mine gas arena where Clarke Energy have held a significant market share since 2006. 

Clarke Energy worked closely with EDL in the provision of the feasibility study and specifications for implementation of an additional 18MW generation plant at their existing 45MW Moranbah North WCMG Power Station in Central Queensland. Clarke Energy was also contracted in late 2007 by EDL to undertake the initial turnkey design and construction of the existing 45MW power station, consisting of 15 Jenbacher 3.0MW gas engines, each with electrical efficiencies in excess of 43%. This expansion phase will include an additional 6 Jenbacher gas engines, increasing the nominal net output of the installation to 63MW.

The power station is driven by GE’s Jenbacher J620 gas engine generators packaged locally by Clarke Energy producing up to 3.041MW net electrical output.