Capstone’s Australian Distributor Optimal Signs a 10-year Factory Protection Plan (FPP) Service Contract with Oil & Gas Producer Santos Fuel.
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (NASDAQ:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that Optimal Group Australia (www.optimalgroup.com.au), Capstone’s exclusive Australian distributor, recently signed a 1 Megawatt (MW) 10-Year Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contract. The FPP is for an innovative energy project for Santos Limited, one of Australia’s largest independent oil and gas producers in the Asia-Pacific region, which is a leading supplier of energy needs across Australia and Asia.
The project, which Optimal commissioned in January 2020, uses a stand-alone C1000S one-megawatt microturbine system to power one of the Santos remote oil production facilities. The microturbine is fueled by on-site natural gas and replaces their aging reciprocating engine-based power system at their Tarbat Oil Production Facility in Southwest Queensland.
Natural Gas Fired Capstone Off-Grid C1000 Signature Series Remote Installation
The integrated system also incorporates solar photovoltaic (PV) and is operated as a Microgrid. Because the system reduces Santos’ natural gas use by half, it also reduces their carbon emissions by half for the site while also decreasing the annual system maintenance required. As a result, Santos achieves greater emissions reductions as part of the energy system upgrade.
Microgrid with PV Reduces Santos’ Natural Gas Usage and Carbon Emissions by Half
“With this long-term maintenance contract for this exciting project, Optimal now has a 13 MW fleet under Capstone FPP contracts, with potential additional new contracts in the pipeline,” stated Jeff Foster, Capstone’s Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Product Development. “This places Optimal firmly in the top-ten of all distributors globally and the top distributor in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region,” added Mr. Foster.
“This innovative project highlights the financial and environmental payback potential from the integration of our microturbines with other renewable sources like solar, wind, and battery storage,” stated Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine Corporation. “We expect more customers in the future will benefit from these innovative Microgrid projects with our low life cycle cost microturbines serving as the foundation for a win-win, clean and green energy solution,” concluded Mr. Jamison.
Capstone’s innovative Factory Protection Plan, or FPP, is a comprehensive maintenance program designed to give financial peace of mind to Capstone customers by providing product life cycle costs at a fixed rate for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the life of the microturbine system. Additionally, the recently updated FPP protects microturbine customers from potentially dramatic future increases in life cycle costs associated with changes in replacement spare parts pricing, commodity price increases, import tariffs, and interest rate changes.
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