Alberta approves interconnect for 65-MW gas-fired project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Aug. 1 approved a grid interconnect for a 65-MW, gas-fired power project planned by Alberta Newsprint Funding Corp. (ANFC).

The company filed an application with the commission for approval of the connection of this plant in the Whitecourt area to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System. The power plant itself was approved by the commission on June 6, 2013.

ANFC is jointly owned by a joint venture, known as the Alberta Newsprint Co., between West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Whitecourt Newsprint Co. LP. The Alberta Newsprint Co. operates a pulp and paper mill approximately 10 kilometers northwest of Whitecourt in this Canadian province.

ANFC submitted a connection proposal that included power flow analysis, transient stability analysis, short circuit analysis and voltage stability analysis. It said that the project would have no significant impact on the Alberta Interconnected Electric System. The interconnection will consist of alterations to the Alberta Newsprint-owned portion of Alberta Newsprint substation 122S. The Alberta Electric System Operator reviewed the connection proposal and endorsed the project.

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