BowArk seeks approval for 98-MW gas project in Alberta

BowArk Energy Ltd. applied Oct. 11 at the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval of a 98-MW, gas-fired power project in Vulcan County next to AltaLink’s Queenstown Substation.

The Queenstown Power Plant would be made up of two General Electric aero-derivative LM6000 PF simple cycle turbines. BowArk said it has an option to purchase the site from Ducks Unlimited Canada. The company plans a site construction start in the fall of 2015, with major equipment placed beginning in late 2016.

Natural gas for the project would come through TransCanada’s eight-inch Queenstown pipeline lateral, which is located about 7.5 kilometers north of the project site. BowArk would build a pipeline to connect the power plant to that TransCanada line.

The company noted that the plant is in part being built due to impending coal plant retirements in the province. This quick-start, simple-cycle plant can also support the increased amount of variable wind generation output available in the Alberta power market, the company added.

A company contact listed in the application is: Shelley Sammartino, 403-237-0211,

The BowArk website says the company is mostly a wind energy developer and notes about Sammartino: “Ms. Sammartino joined BowArk in 2007 as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Previously, she held the position of Administrative Assistant with Grand Banks Energy Corporation a public company traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. Ms. Sammartino has over twenty years experience in the Oil & Gas industry as an Executive Assistant and in office management.”

The website says about Brad Sparkes, company President and CEO: “Mr. Sparkes brings extensive experience developing, financing and managing power projects in North America to the BowArk team. He was instrumental in creating and implementing the structure to finance the St. Leon Wind Energy Project in St. Leon Manitoba and served as the Chief Financial Officer of AirSource Power Fund I LP. Prior to BowArk, Mr. Sparkes led Calpine Canada’s acquisition and development team which successfully built, acquired and financed over 600 MW of generation in less than two years. Mr. Sparkes started his career at TransAlta Corporation and was part of their Independent Power Projects Development team.”

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