Alberta okays 170-MW cogen project of Total E&P Canada

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Dec. 9 approved an application by Total E&P Canada Ltd. to construct and operate a 170-MW cogeneration plant for the Joslyn North Mine Project in the Fort MacKay area.

Total’s application, which was originally for one 85-MW cogeneration unit, was registered in February 2008. The application was then placed on hold while Total addressed application deficiencies. From February 2011 to February 2014, Total provided the commission with a number of updates on its application. It also provided updates about its application for the Joslyn North Mine Project, which was being considered by a joint review panel of the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

The joint review panel conditionally approved the Joslyn North Mine Project in January 2011. However, Total filed an application to amend that approval with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in November 2013. Total’s amendment application is currently under review by the AER.

Total filed an updated power plant application with the AUC in November 2013 in which it sought approval for two 85-MW cogeneration units. Total stated its original application was revised to be consistent with the mine project.

The cogeneration plant is proposed to be located on Crown land, approximately nine kilometres northwest of Fort McKay and 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The plant design is based on two trains: gas turbine generator (GTG) and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) of General Electric Frame 7EA model with DLN combustor, or equivalent machine with similar output and emission control. Nominal capacity of each machine is 80 MW (ISO performance corrected to site elevation at 15°C ambient temperature). Machine exhaust will be fed to an associated HRSG with duct firing.

A project contact is: Total E&P Canada Ltd., Michael Robinson, Phone 403-536-3557, Email

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