MEG Energy gets Alberta approval for 85-MW gas cogen

The Alberta Utilities Commission on July 16 approved an application by MEG Energy to construct and operate a natural gas-fired 85-MW cogen, designated Co-gen 3, as part of its expanded Christina Lake Regional Project (CLRP) Phase 3A in the Christina Lake area.

MEG’s application was pursuant to Section 11 of the Hydro and Electric Energy Act. The 85-MW plant would consist of one natural gas-fired turbine-drive generator.

MEG Energy said in a July 10 response to questions from the commission that MEG was applying for approval of an amendment to the project that incorporates changes to a variety of equipment including:

  • replacing 12 once through steam generators with four co‐generation units as part of Phase 3;
  • adding four glycol heaters to Phase 3;
  • installing four evaporator packages to Phase 3;
  • adding eight incremental boilers for Phase 3; and
  • removing four slop treaters from Phase 3.

The Phase 3A plant will be located within the CLRP Phase 3 central processing facility (CPF) footprint. Plant 3A is located about 9 kilometers southeast of the existing Phase 1, 2, and 2B Central Plants. This area is currently cleared and graded as construction of the CPF is slated to begin in in the third quarter of 2013.

MEG Energy also won a June 28 approval from the commission 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 cogen (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.

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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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.