APA chooses Clarke Energy for Gruyere Gold Project

GE has announced that Clarke Energy, GE’s distributor and service partner, will provide 11 of GE’s Jenbacher J624 gas engines to Australian energy infrastructure business, APA Group, for its new 45-megawatt (MW) Yamarna Power Station in Western Australia, which is being constructed to supply power to the Gruyere Gold Project. Clarke Energy will engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the gas-fired power station. Gas for power generation will be transported a total of almost 1,500 km using four APA Group interconnected pipelines including its latest greenfield, 198 km Yamarna Gas Pipeline, which is currently under construction.

“As an infrastructure owner, our priority is to provide safe, reliable and efficient energy to our customers,” said Sam Pearce, group executive networks and power, APA Group. “Together with Clarke Energy as the EPC and GE’s demonstrated Jenbacher gas engine technology providing the power, we will be able to, once again, deliver a compelling energy solution for our customer using both our interconnected pipeline and power generation capabilities to the remote gold mine.”

The Gruyere Gold Project is a 50/50 joint venture between Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields Limited. It is located in the Yamarna greenstone belt of Western Australia, 200km northeast of Laverton and to the north of APA Group’s Eastern Goldfields Pipeline.

The Jenbacher J624 is a two-stage, turbocharged gas engine. According to GE, it offers customers high efficiency and improved flexibility and can power up to 10,000 Australian households. The Jenbacher J624 gas engine is based on GE’s proven Jenbacher Type 6 platform with over 4,300 units sold and delivers higher output and increased efficiency.

The gas engines will be built in the company’s Jenbach, Austria, facility and are expected to ship during late 2017. Commissioning of both the pipeline and power station is expected to be in late 2018 to align with the Gruyere JV’s expectation of first gold scheduled for early 2019.