ON December 6, representatives of the Gibraltar Electricity Authority and government were on hand to welcome the arrival of six generating sets for the new power station onboard the MV Palmerton.
The arrival of the generating sets, each with a capacity of approximately 14 Mw, represents another milestone in the new power station project and the job of unloading and transporting these massive pieces of equipment and transporting them through the narrow streets of Gibraltar required specialist transportation and a 48 hour timescale.
Minister John Cortes said “The move from the old diesel engines to gas represents a quantum leap in power generation efficiency and environmental stewardship. The new engines, with their real-time monitoring of emissions, and the technology for clean emissions, will ensure that air quality in Gibraltar is better than it has ever been.”
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo also present said “This is an important day in the calendar of Gibraltar’s power generation revolution. Today we receive the engines that will guarantee the security of supply that we have long craved which this new power station and LNG terminal will finally deliver during the course of the next year. There is a lot of work still to be done, but the arrival of these generating sets is a huge step in the right direction”.