125MW Simple-cycle Gas Power Station

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The Solomon Power Station, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, was acquired by TransAlta in September 2012. The facility was fully commissioned in 2015 and the plant has a capacity of 125 megawatts (MW).

The Solomon facility is fully contracted with Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with an initial term of 16 years, which commenced in October 2012, and will support their iron ore mining operations. The facility and associated PPA is accounted for as a finance lease with TransAlta being the lessor.

Solomon includes two GE LM6000PF gas turbines, a technology TransAlta is familiar with, and four Solar Titan 130 turbines, a new addition to TransAlta’s Australian fleet. All the turbines are in simple-cycle configuration.

The plant equipment has dual-fuel capability, with turbines able to operate on either diesel or natural gas. While initial operations were performed using liquid fuel, the plant transitioned to natural gas once the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline was completed in March 2015.

Facts & Figures

  • Location: Pilbara region, WA
  • Fuel: Gas
  • Capacity (MW): 125
  • Ownership: 100%
  • Operator: Yes
  • First on-stream: 2015
  • Revenue Source: LTC
  • Builder: No
  • Contract Expiry: 2028