Alberta commission approves temporary Enbridge power plant

Enbridge Pipelines (Athabasca) Inc. won an Aug. 1 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for a temporary, 16.25-MW power plant project.

This power plant would be located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Enbridge stated that the temporary plant is needed so that it could operate the Janvier Pump Station prior to the installation of grid power. Enbridge stated that the start-up of the pump station was expected for Nov. 1, 2013.

ATCO Electric Ltd. advised Enbridge that the anticipated in-service-date for permanent power would be March 1, 2014. Enbridge anticipates that the temporary power plant would operate for approximately six months.

The temporary power plant would not be synchronized with the distribution or transmission grid and is not intended to sell power to the grid. Enbridge stated that the plant would consist of six 2,000-kW, two 1,500-kW, two 500-kW and two 125-kW diesel-powered portable temporary generation units.

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