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GE Energy, CH2M Hill to build power plant in Australia

GE Energy and its consortium partner, CH2M Hill of Denver, Colorado, have been selected by Origin Energy Power Ltd. of Sydney, Australia to supply a turnkey power package for a coal seam gas-fired power plant in a remote region of Queensland, Australia.

Located near Braemar, Queensland, the Darling Downs Power Station will be based on a GE 309E combined-cycle system and is scheduled to enter commercial operation in the first quarter of 2010. The plant will produce 630 megawatts in high-fired operation. The plant will use coal seam gas produced in Origin Energy's coal seam gas fields, which will be piped to the site.

GE's scope of supply includes three Frame 9E gas turbines, four generators, one C7 steam turbine, three heat recovery steam generators, a plant distributed control system, and training. In addition, GE has signed a six-year Contractual Service Agreement with Origin Energy to provide predictable maintenance costs and guaranteed outage durations and plant performance. CH2M Hill will provide integrated engineering, balance-of-plant equipment, site civil work, equipment installation and erection activities in conjunction with its construction partner, Laing O'Rourke.

The GE gas turbines will be built at GE's facilities in Belfort, France, the gas turbine generators in Elin, Austria and the steam turbine-generators in Schenectady, N.Y. Equipment shipments are expected to start in April 2008 and run through December 2008, with installation proceeding through the fourth quarter of 2009.

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