Alberta approves interconnect for 85-MW cogen project

MEG Energy Corp. (MEG) won a June 28 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for a transmission interconnect for a new power generating unit at an existing facility.

MEG had applied on May 1 to connect an 85-MW cogeneration power plant (the Phase 2B Cogen 2 power plant) to the MEG-owned Conklin 762S substation which, in turn, is connected to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System in the South Athabasca oil sands area in this Canadian province.

The Alberta Electric System Operator endorsed the system studies completed by MEG’s consultant and was satisfied that the proposed connection would not affect the reliability of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System nor would the connection adversely impact the Alberta Interconnected Electric System.

No objections were received in response to a notice of application by a June 25 submission deadline.

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 about 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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