Alberta calls off hearing on 400-MW Heartland project

In a piece of good news for project developer ATCO Power Canada Ltd., the Alberta Utilities Commission has cancelled a July 31 public hearing on the gas-fired Heartland power project due to a lack of public interest.

ATCO Power Canada is seeking approval to construct a 400-MW natural gas combined-cycle plant in the Fort Saskatchewan area. The commission said in a July 29 notice that it has cancelled the hearing as a result of the only registered intervenor indicating that it would not be participating in the hearing. It has given ATCO Power Canada until July 31 to file its written argument. 

ATCO applied in December 2013 to construct this plant. The power plant, expected to operate for about 35 years, would have a maximum power capacity of 503 MW, and a nominal capacity of about 400 MW. It would consist of a 274-MW gas turbine generator (including Siemens SGT6-8000H class gas turbine), a heat recovery steam generator and a 126-MW steam turbine generator.

The project is located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland (AIH), an area of this Canadian province that has been designated for industrial uses. The AIH is characterized as having a strong industrial base of oil refineries, chemical manufacturing, and power generation. Future industrial activity in the region is also expected to include bitumen upgrading and additional chemical facilities.

The applicant contact is: ATCO Power Canada Ltd., Shannon Wever, Phone: 403-802-7593, Email:

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.