The Alberta Utilities Commission is taking comment until Dec. 12 on a recent application by Genalta Construction GP Ltd. to construct and operate a 5.6-MW natural gas-fired plant within the existing Harvest Operations Corp. Bellshill gas plant.
The power plant would consist of one 5.6-MW natural gas-fired turbine generator and associated facilities. Genalta Construction also requested approval to connect the power plant to the FortisAlberta Inc. distribution system.
Genalta Construction is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genalta Power Inc. Genalta Power is an Alberta-based independent power producer that generates power from underutilized and waste energy sources. Genalta Construction holds all Genalta Power projects during construction. Genalta Construction intends to construct and operate a refurbished 5.6-MW gas turbine in this project, utilizing gas currently available at Harvest’s Bellshill facility.
“The proposed project will produce electricity from a sales quality gas stream and will provide environmental and economic benefits to Harvest and the province of Alberta,” said the Nov. 5 project application. “The proposed project will facilitate the displacement of large scale generation by producing electricity for Harvest for local use at its Bellshill facility. Excess electricity that is produced from the proposed project will be dispatched to the local distribution system. By allowing Harvest to obtain electricity through distributed generation, Harvest’s demand on the Alberta Integrated Electric System (‘AIES’) will be reduced. Thus, Harvest will require less electricity from the AIES and the generation formerly servicing its load will be displaced.”
The proposed generator is a Solar Taurus T60-V78015 turbine with 5,500 kW nominal capacity. The turbine was previously owned by Harvest at a site in Northeast British Columbia. The turbine will be reconditioned and redeployed to the Bellshill site. Equipment that will be installed outside of the turbine building include an exhaust stack, air inlet filter, fuel gas scrubber, small tanks for drainage purposes, and an oil cooler.
In the event that this particular generator is not deployed, a generator meeting the same thresholds for performance and not exceeding the legislatively permitted noise and air emissions levels will be deployed by Genalta.