The Alberta Utilities Commission said Nov. 20 that it is taking comment until Dec. 10 on a development application from Genalta Power Inc. for a 20-MW power plant.
The proposed Muskwa plant would include six 3.3-MW reciprocating engine generating units fueled by unutilized gas available at the Muskwa River Gas Plant. The proposed site is within the boundaries of the existing Husky Muskwa Gas Plant, approximately 30 kilometers from the town site of Wabasca, Alberta.
Genalta applied Nov. 3 at the Alberta commission for approval of the Muskwa power plant project. Genalta is also seeking commission approval to interconnect the planned power plant with the ATCO Electric grid. The target in-service date for the power plant is summer 2015. Without this project, the host gas plant is not economic and could be shut down, Genalta noted.
Besides the approximately 20 MW represented by this project, Genalta said it is doing planning work on an Organic Rankin Cycle unit that could add 2 MW to 5 MW of additional capacity at the site at a future point.
The six currently planned reciprocating engines are expected to be the GE Jenbacher JGS60F12 model. The engines will initially all operate at baseload, but as the supply of gas from the Husky facility declines over time, gas from outside sources will be purchased and some of the engines will start operating as peakers.