Australian integrated energy company Origin Energy has started construction of the 550MW, gas-fired Mortlake power station, located in south western Victoria.

Origin Energy has selected Bilfinger Berger Services as the major contractor for the construction of the Mortlake power station. The contract includes the supply, design, procurement and installation for the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical works. The modern gas turbines powering the station will be supplied by Siemens.

The power station will be supplied with natural gas via a pipeline to be constructed from Port Campbell to the site delivering gas. The pipeline will deliver gas from Origin’s joint venture gas fields in the Otway Basin to Mortlake. The pipeline contract was awarded to the AJ Lucas Group.

Andrew Stock, Origin Energy’s executive general manager of major development projects, said: Many factors about our modern lifestyle, including the growing demand for household air conditioning, especially during hot summers, have driven a requirement for additional peaking generation capacity.

Mortlake will have the capacity to supply the equivalent of peak power to 250,000 homes, which will provide a substantial boost. Mortlake’s open cycle gas turbine technology will provide cleaner peaking power producing approximately 50% lower greenhouse gas emissions than existing brown coal-fired generators.