Alberta reviews application for two 85-MW cogen plants

The Alberta Utilities Commission on May 5 went out for comment until May 28 on a revised application from Total E&P Canada Ltd. to construct and operate two gas-fired, 85-MW cogeneration plants in the Fort McKay area.

Total E&P Canada Ltd. (formerly Total E&P Joslyn Ltd.) filed an initial application on this project with the commission in 2008. This power plant is to support operation of the planned Total Joslyn North Mine Project, which is an oil sands mining and extraction project. Total E&P later asked to suspend consideration of its application pending other regulatory approvals. In November 2013, Total updated its application and asked the AUC to resume its processing work.

The cogeneration plant design is based on two trains: gas turbine generator (GTG) and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) of General Electric Frame 7EA model with DLN combustor, or equivalent machine with similar output and emission control. Nominal capacity of each machine is 80 MW (ISO performance corrected to site elevation at 15°C ambient temperature). Machine exhaust will be fed to an associated HRSG with duct firing. Steam-generating capacity consistent with the generator capacity is nominal 420 tph of saturated steam at 4100 kPag.

The project contact is: Total E&P Canada Ltd., Michael Robinson, Phone: 403-536-3557, Email:

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