Alberta seeks comment on BowArk power plant application

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Dec. 18 put out for comment, until Jan. 16, 2015, a recent BowArk Energy Ltd. application to construct a 90-MW power plant and associated substation facilities.

The power plant will consist of two 45-MW natural gas-fired generators and will be located in the Queenstown, Alberta area. The Queenstown Power Plant would be made up of two General Electric aero-derivative LM6000 PF simple cycle turbines. BowArk said in its Oct. 11 application that 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.

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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.