Cargill plans gas-fired power plant in Alberta

The Alberta Utilities Commission said in an Aug. 26 notice that Cargill Ltd. has filed a facility application to construct and operate a gas-turbine driven power plant with an output capacity of approximately 11.3 MW in this Canadian province.

Any comment in the application needs to be offered by Sept. 16.

The power plant would consist of one generating unit and would be located in Camrose County southeast of the city of Camrose. Cargill proposes to construct a canola crushing plant at the site. The plant will have the capacity to process up to 3,500 tonnes per day of canola seed. The initial annual crush volume is expected to be approximately 850,000 tonnes. New rail spur lines will connect the plant to both the Canadian National rail line to the west and the Canadian Pacific rail line to the north.

The power plant will be a a gas-turbine driven facility with a heat recovery steam generator. Approximately 11.3 MW of electric power will be generated. When the canola plant is expanded and operating at full capacity, the power will be consumed by plant operations. Prior to then, less than 5 MW of power will be exported to the Alberta interconnected electric grid.

The plant will utilize 25 kV electrical distribution service provided by FortisAlberta, which currently has above ground power lines for residential service along Range Road 464 adjacent to the north of the proposed plant location. The route for the new power service has not been finalized, but will likely originate from the Fortis substation in SW 06-47-19-W4 and follow existing road allowances and then proceed south on the east side of Driedmeat Lake Road.

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. owns and operates high pressure gas lines approximately 3 kilometer south of the plant that will provide the gas service required for the power plant.

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