Cogeneration plant in Australia to be equipped with GE gas-fired engine

GE (NYSE: GE) said it will supply one natural gas-fired Jenbacher gas engine for a cogeneration plant in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Built by Cogent Energy, the plant will play a role in the VicUrban-lead Revitalising Central Dandenong (RCD) initiative that is rejuvenating the south-east region of Melbourne.

In its first urban district energy project in Australia, GE said it will supply project owner Cogent Energy with a 2 MW, J612 Jenbacher cogeneration unit for Phase 1 of the new power facility, which could be expanded to 6 MW.

The cogeneration plant is expected to reduce the emissions and energy use of the Dandedong Commercial District by reducing its reliance on energy from the grid. The plant also will have the capacity to produce surplus hot water, which Cogent Energy will then sell back to local commercial buildings to provide cooling via building owner-supplied absorption chillers.

GE’s Jenbacher system was shipped to the Dandenong site in January, with commercial operation set to begin this year.

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