Power upgrade for Alice Springs
An upgrade to a Central Australian power station will mean a more reliable power supply for Alice Springs residents for years to come.
The Northern Territory Government will invest $75 million to expand power supply facilities at the Owen Springs Power Station in Alice Springs.
The upgrade will see the retirement of the Ron Goodin Power Station at the end of 2017.
The expansion will give Alice Springs residents increased confidence in their power supply and create high efficiency power plants with improved environmental outcomes. The construction phase of the expansion will also create around 49 direct full time jobs in Alice Springs.
Once works are completed, there will be a significant reduction in maintenance and operating costs, and a reduction in noise and carbon emissions. These efficiencies should also see wholesale electricity price reductions of around 15-20%.
A nine month tender process for expanding the plant has already been undertaken and Territory Generation selected Clarke Energy to deliver the project.
Works are due to start this month and be commissioned by December 2017.