Temporary Generation North
|Temporary Generation North|
|Commission date||November 2017|
|Owner(s)||Government of South Australia|
|Operator(s)||Nexif Energy from May 2020|
|Thermal power station|
|Turbine technology||gas turbine|
|Make and model||General Electric TM2500|
Temporary Generation North and its smaller sibling Temporary Generation South are gas turbine power stations in South Australia. They were bought by the Government of South Australia in 2017 as a response to the 2016 South Australian blackout and load-shedding in February 2017.
The generators were purchased to be used only in emergency shortfalls in electricity supply to the grid, such as in extreme weather. Both sets were first used on 24 January 2019 to deal with a supply shortfall in Victoria.
In August 2019, the state government (following the 2018 election, now controlled by the Liberal party) announced that it had arranged 25-year leases of the power stations to two different companies, with the leases taking effect from May 2020. Both companies operate wind farms in South Australia. The five northern generators will be leased to Nexif Energy and relocated to a new site at Outer Harbor and operating on natural gas before the end of 2020. Nexif Energy also proposes to convert them to combined cycle with a steam turbine in the following few years.
- "Power generators switched on for first time as SA, Victoria suffer through heatwave". ABC News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
- MacLennan, Leah (13 November 2017). "Generators installed at former Holden site and desal plant to reduce summer blackout risk". ABC News. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
- Siebert, Bension (29 August 2019). "Leasing out state-owned diesel generators will push prices down: expert". InDaily. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
- "NEXIF ENERGY TO PROVIDE 154MW OF RELIABLE GAS GENERATION TO THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN POWER GRID". Nexif Energy. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
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