Alberta commission seeks input on Medicine Hat’s 45-MW power project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Nov. 25 put out for comment until Dec. 16 an application from the City of Medicine Hat to construct and operate a 43-MW gas-fired generator and a 2-MW diesel generator at the city’s Cousins West site.

The generators would be located in the southeast quarter of Section 22, Township 13, Range 13, west of the Fourth Meridian, in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The City of Medicine Hat applied Oct. 30 at the commission for a permit to construct and operate a General Electric LM6000 simple cycle natural gas power generator and a skid-mounted diesel black start unit. Currently, GENCO has 203.4 MW of installed capacity at its power generation plant (main generation plant) located on the south shore of the South Saskatchewan River in the City of Medicine Hat.

The application is for one 43-MW gas turbine that will increase the combined total nominal capacity for the City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility to 246.4 MW. In addition, a 2-MW skid-mounted diesel black start unit will be added to mitigate the risk of a blackout. Fuel for the LM6000 will be natural gas. A new delivery station is being built for the proposed location. The new turbine is slated to be operating in the fall of 2017.

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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.