Northland unit comes online with SaskPower contract

Northland Power (TSX:NPI) said June 5 that its 260-MW North Battleford combined-cycle gas facility has come online in west central Saskatchewan.

Northland has previously put the price of the power plant at C$677m. The company said the plant was finished on time and under budget.

Northland Power is an independent power producer founded in 1987. The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,265 MW of operating generating capacity, with an additional 120 MW of generating capacity currently in construction, and another 220 MW of wind, solar and run-of-river hydro projects with awarded power contracts.

Northland has operations in Canada, the United States and Germany.

The new facility will provide both baseload and intermediate power to the Saskatchewan grid under a 20-year contract with Saskatchewan Power or SaskPower. Northland won the 20-year power purchase agreement as part of a competitive bid process in 2008.

Kansas City based Kiewit Power Partners was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) vendor for the power unit, which entered construction in June 2010.

The facility consists of a 170-MW General Electric (NYSE:GE) turbine that will be running in combined-cycle mode with a heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine. It will have a total capacity of 260 MW.

“The opening of our second facility in Saskatchewan represents an important milestone for Northland,” said Northland Vice President of Operations David Dougall.

“With North Battleford in operation, we are now generating over 340 MW of power in Saskatchewan, and net 1,265 MW across all of our operating facilities,” Dougall said.

According to the Northland website, most of its “revenue-producing facilities” are located in North America. Only about 22 MW of wind power are located in Germany.

Two of the company’s largest operations include the 265-MW Thorold natural gas power plant in Thorold, Ontario, and the 230-MW Panda Energy Brandywine combined-cycle cogeneration plant in Maryland. Northland owns a 19% stake in that plant although it is the owner and operator of the Thorold station.

The Northland website also list a number of wind and solar projects in Canada that are either in development or under construction.



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