Kwinana Co-generation Power Plant Committed to Improving Energy Efficiency
The Kwinana Co-generation power plant was commissioned in December 1996, 40km south of Perth in Western Australia. The plant is primarily fuelled by Western Australia’s gas fields, north of Perth. The gas is transported to Kwinana through the Dampier to Bunbury Gas pipeline. It can produce over 120 MW of electricity which can supply about 6 per cent of Western Australia’s power needs. As a co-generation plant, Kwinana supplies both steam and electrical power directly to the BP Australia Kwinana Oil Refinery and supplies electricity to the market, through the state-owned generator/retailer, Synergy. The steam turbine production is supported by burning refinery fuel gas from the BP Refinery but is predominantly generated from the waste heat from the gas turbine exhausts. Through this process the plant is improving its overall efficiency. The plant is certified for its environmental policy, health and safety and quality assurance demonstrating Kwinana’s and ENGIE’s commitment to international standards and best practices in energy generation. Kwinana is jointly owned by ENGIE and Mitsui & Co Ltd with a combined 70 per cent ownership. The remaining 30 per cent is owned by Ratch Australia Corporation as part of the Perth Power Partnership.