TransAlta, MidAmerican plan open house on Sundance gas project

TAMA Power, which is a joint venture of TransAlta (TSX: TA)(NYSE: TAC)  and MidAmerican Energy Holdings, on Jan. 27 revealed some of the details of the gas-fired Sundance Unit 7 project it plans to build in Alberta, Canada, in conjunction with announcing a Feb. 4 local open house for the project.

“We’re building for the future with the Sundance 7 project as this power plant will be an essential addition to the Alberta electricity market to meet the province’s long-term supply needs,” said Brett Gellner, TransAlta Chief Financial and Investment Officer. “TransAlta has a 100-year history of serving Albertans with reliable, efficient and low-cost energy. We will continue this tradition for the next 100 years as a low-cost, environmental leader, with a reputation for responsible, efficient and reliable power generation.”

Alberta continues to be one of the strongest economies in North America, and it’s predicted that by 2020 its generation total capacity will grow from 14,000 MW to 19,000 MW, the partnserhip noted.

Sundance 7 will be located in Parkland County, east of the Sundance cooling pond on the south side of Lake Wabamun. This is the site of an existing coal-fired power plant. Commissioning of Sundance 7 is expected in 2018, and when final approvals are acquired and the facility is online, it will generate 800 MW. This plant will be in the top 5% to 6% across North America for power-plant efficiency and emissions.

A project booklet released in January by TransAlta said that project features include two natural gas turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators and one condensing steam turbine generator.

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