After a recent outage, Taranaki Combined Cycle (‘TCC’) has returned to service with some limitations on its combined cycle operation.
TCC is Contact’s gas-fired baseload generation plant near Stratford. The power station has been released into service with a 2,000 hour limitation on its ‘combined cycle’ operation where it can operate at a maximum generation capacity of 360 megawatts. After this 2,000 hours of usage, TCC will require an additional outage.
Note that TCC will continue to be available to run in ‘open cycle’ operation without these additional limitations.
The Taranaki Combined Cycle Power Station (TCC) was commissioned in 1996 and is a large, efficient and modern plant, and can generate 360MW of electricity. The facility plays an important role in providing New Zealand with a secure supply of electricity, while enabling the country to increase the level of electricity generated from renewable sources. In 2011, Contact commissioned the Stratford Peakers next to TCC. The two fast-start gas turbine peaking units can go from a cold start to full load in just 10 minutes and generate up to 200 MW.