Genalta wins Alberta approval for 20-MW gas plant

Genalta Construction GP Ltd., a division of Genalta Power Inc., won a Dec. 23 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate the 20-MW Muskwa power plant in the Wabasca area.

Genalta’s proposed power plant would consist of six 3.3-MW reciprocating engine generating units and one 35-megavolt-ampere, 13.8/240-kV step-up transformer. The power plant would be located within the existing Husky Oil Operations Ltd. Muskwa River gas plant in the Wabasca region of northern Alberta. The power plant would be fueled by solution gas available at the Husky facility that is currently uneconomic to produce. The connection of the plant to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System will be the subject of a future application.

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 in the application. 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.

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