Shell unit gets more time to build 160-MW gas plant in Canada

A Shell affiliate has gotten three more years to construct a planned 160-MW gas-fueled power plant in Canada, thanks to an extension issued by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC).

On April 16, the AUC agreed to issue Shell Canada Ltd. a three-year extension to build the 160-MW Jackpine cogeneration plant in the Fort McMurray area. The new deadline for Shell to complete the plant is Dec. 31, 2015.

The cogeneration plant appears to be connected to Shell’s development of the Jackpine mine expansion project, according to documents that Shell filed with government regulators in 2007. Shell officials were not immediately available to add additional details on April 30.

In early 2004, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board approved Shell’s license to build the power project. The power plant approval became an Alberta Utilities Commission matter in 2009, the AUC noted in its April 16 two-page decision.

Shell has already gotten one extension which extended the construction deadline to Dec. 31, 2012. Now, subject to the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, Shell’s construction deadline has been extended another three years.

The power plant will consist of a single 160-MW combustion turbine and generator set and heat recovery steam generator.

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