Client Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Location Victoria, Australia
Provide emergency standby power to address potential electricity shortfall
Extreme weather conditions over summer in Victoria and South Australia saw the need for temporary standby emergency power to help address the electricity deficit, as predicted by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
The ‘summer readiness’ programme, managed by AEMO, included maximising the availability of existing generation and transmission, and managing demand.
That's where we got involved.
The old Morwell power station site was the ideal location as the site needed to be able to manage the power input that the new powerplant would supply.
Project fact file
Potential power shortfall
Potential power shortfall during a heatwave
Rapidly installed, noise and emissions tested contingency power
Our experts got to work and installed 105 diesel-fired generators to provide the 110 MW of extra capacity to minimise the risk of lengthy blackouts across Victoria over summer, when the baseload would be considerably higher.
This would provide the reliability that had been sorely missed by the community in the face of the extreme weather.
The Aggreko Difference
We keep our cool when the pressure is on
Thousands of homes stay connected and cool throughout the hot Aussie summer
AEMO created a function known as the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT), and utilised our diesel generators to help maintain power system reliability and system security using reserve contracts.
This meant everyone could enjoy a sizzling summer without the fear of losing power and air-conditioning.