Boost for Katherine

20 July 2012

Power and Water services are receiving a boost in the Katherine region with the installation of a 12.5MW gas turbine and the commencement of an upgrade to the Katherine Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Chief Minister Paul Henderson today inspected the Titan turbine which was transported from Alice Springs last month, boosting generation capacity for the region.

Power and Water Corporation General Manager Generation Ian Pratt said the generator and associated equipment took more than two weeks for crews to demobilise, disconnect and mount onto a trailer for transportation from the Ron Goodin Power Station in Alice Springs.

“Since arriving in Katherine, the turbine has been installed, tested, commissioned and temporarily connected to the network substation bus tie feeder,” Mr Pratt said. 

“Further work will be undertaken to replace a generation switchboard which the turbine will eventually be connected to.”

The installation of the Titan turbine is part of a Territory-wide program to ensure there is adequate generation capacity for current and future development.

Water services are also receiving a boost with work underway to upgrade the Katherine Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The $5.1million upgrade will see the construction of three new wastewater stabilisation ponds.

The increase is designed to reduce the need to discharge wastewater to the Katherine River in the dry season.

The work is part of Power and Water Corporation’s $1.8 billion infrastructure program building, upgrading and maintaining infrastructure and facilities across the Territory.

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