MEG Energy seeks interconnect for Alberta power plant expansion

The Alberta Utilities Commission on June 17 put out for comment a May 1 application from MEG Energy Corp. requesting approval for the connection of its Phase 2B Power Plant (called Cogen 2) with the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES).

This would be an additional power generating unit for a facility largely devoted to providing power for an oil sands mining operation. Anyone who wishes to express their objections to, concerns about, or support of the application, must make a written submission to the commission on or before June 25.

The Cogen 2 plant is located immediately adjacent to the existing Phase 1 and 2 processing facilities and the Conklin 762S substation. Phases 1, 2 and 2B of the facility were approved to produce a combined total of 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen. The electrical consumption used to produce this amount of bitumen is approximately 30 MW.

MEG currently operates an 85-MW gas-fired turbine (called Cogen 1) as part of its Phase 2 development. Cogen 2, as part of MEG’s Phase 2B development, will involve installation of a twin 85-MW turbine.

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