Alberta commission okays three-year delay for 95-MW gas project

Grande Prairie Generation was approved on Dec. 30 by the Alberta Utilities Commission for a three-year construction delay on a 95-MW, gas-fired power project.

Grande Prairie has commission approval to construct and operate a 95-MW plant, designated as the Harmattan Energy Centre, in the Harmattan area. It filed an application with the commission requesting approval of a time extension, from Dec. 31, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2017, in order to complete construction of the power plant. The application was registered on Dec. 19, 2014.

Grande Prairie stated that it planned to construct the power plant in concert with the Harmattan 187S substation. The substation was applied for in February 2014, and was originally intended to be constructed in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) on Nov. 7, 2014, filed a letter with the commission requesting approval to withdraw its application. The request was approved on Nov. 21, 2014. Grande Prairie stated that the withdrawal of the AESO’s application will significantly impact the timeline to construct and operate the power plant and substation.

Grande Prairie Generation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC). It plans the construction and operation of a power plant consisting of two General Electric LM6000 natural gas turbines operating in simple-cycle mode for a total installed capacity of 95 MW.

A company contact is: Grande Prairie Generation, Tammy Sanford, Telephone/Fax (410) 470-0235 / (410) 227-6067,, 1005 Brandon Shores Rd, Baltimore MD 21226.

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