Kogan Creek Power Station
Client: CS Energy
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner's Engineer
The $1.2 billion, 750-megawatt Kogan Creek Power Station project in Australia has set the benchmark for coalfired power plant efficiency. Near Chinchilla in southwest Queensland, this base load station generates electricity for the national grid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Kogan Creek produces seven percent of the state’s energy demand—enough to power one million homes.
Developed under Queensland’s Cleaner Energy Strategy, this station addresses issues of greenhouse gas emissions and water supply with innovative new technology. It features a supercritical boiler that produces more energy than a traditional plant using the same quantity of coal; and it utilizes air-cooling technology that consumes 90 percent less water than conventional plants, a significant advantage in a region with low rainfall and susceptibility to drought.
Parsons Brinckerhoff served as owner’s engineer responsible for review of detailed design and on-site construction, testing and commissioning. Parsons Brinckerhoff was responsible for managing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor during the two-year defects liability period after the station achieved commercial operation in late 2007. Parsons Brinckerhoff has also provided on-call technical services which cover all aspects of the power plant including materials handling and ash disposal.
The high quality of coal provided by CS Energy’s neighboring Kogan Creek Mine eliminates the need for pre-treatment, which conserves water. Special chimney stack instrumentation enables technicians to monitor emissions continuously while fabric filters reduce fly ash emissions to less than 0.1 percent.