The Alberta Utilities Commission on March 11 approved AltaGas Ltd. to add new gas-fired generating capacity at the existing Parkland plant.
AltaGas is the owner of a 7.2-MW power plant designated as the Parkland gas power plant in the Stavely area. AltaGas in November 2013 applied at the commission to construct and operate five gas driven power generators at the Parkland site. Each unit would have a manufacturer nameplate value of 2.055 MW with a net generation of 1.98 MW, for a total capability of 10.275 MW and net output of 9.9 MW.
AltaGas also requested approval to remove from service the three existing power generating units at the site with a total generation of 7.2 MW.
There would be no new environmental effects created by the project because the units would be located entirely within the existing lease site of the Parkland Gas Plant. The five generators are to be placed in separate enclosures and located on standard oilfield metal clad, skid mounted structures.
AltaGas completed air dispersion modeling, and submitted that the proposed generation would be compliant with regulatory requirements and the emissions would meet Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives for NOx.