Alberta commission okays 92-MW Syncrude project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on July 17 approved an application from Syncrude Canada Ltd. to construct and operate the 92-MW Mildred Lake power plant.

Syncrude would connect the proposed power plant to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES). The plant would be located in the northwest quarter of Section 6, Township 93, Range 10, west of the Fourth Meridian, approximately 30 kilometers north of Fort McMurray.

This facility is intended to provide additional electrical and thermal energy to offset increased energy demands affiliated with the current Mildred Lake oilsands operation.

The so-called Syncrude Utilities Sustainment Project (SUSP) will consist of a power island, fuel gas compressor, substation modifications and associated interconnections. The power island includes a General Electric Frame 7EA 60 Hz gas turbine generator (GTG), producing a nominal 92 MW. The GTG will be paired with a dual pressure heat recovery steam generator with supplemental firing capable of producing approximately 750 kph of steam at 650 psig and 750°F. The project has an estimated thermal efficiency of approximately 50%.

Fuel for the project will be supplied as a mixture of refinery fuel gas produced by the Syncrude facility and purchased natural gas. The expected lifespan of the project is 25 years beginning in 2017.

The project contact is: Fred Payne, Syncrude Canada Ltd., P.O. Bag 4009, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 3L1, Phone: (780) 790-6249, Email:

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