Southern Cross Energy, in Australia, is 100 per cent owned by TransAlta and is made up of four simple-cycle power stations, each with one gas turbine. The stations are located in Kambalda, where TransAlta is a significant sponsor of the Kambalda Community Recreation Centre, as well as in Mt. Keith, Leinster and Kalgoorlie.
Simple-cycle power generation is often used for periods of peak usage, or to reinforce baseload power provided by other sources. BHP Billiton Nickel West uses most of the electricity generated by Southern Cross Energy in its area mining operations.
Southern Cross Energy also includes 15 diesel back-up generators, approximately 500 kilometers of transmission lines and distribution facilities.
Our Southern Cross power stations are fueled by natural gas through the Goldfields Gas Transmission Pipeline, and diesel through a variety of sources.