TransAlta reports progress on Sundance 7 gas project in Alberta

TransAlta Corp. reported in a Feb. 19 financial filing that it and partner Berkshire Hathaway Energy have made progress lately in developing a new gas-fired power plant in Alberta.

A partnership with Berskhire, called TAMA Power, is developing this project.

“During 2014, TAMA Power continued to develop plans to build an 856 MW, highly efficient gas-fired power plant, Sundance Unit 7, in an area adjacent to our Canadian Coal operations,” said the TransAlta report. “TAMA Power has secured a contract for primary equipment and is in the final stage of negotiations for other equipment. TAMA Power is also finalizing an arrangement with an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. On Dec. 11, 2014, the [Alberta Utilities Commission] announced a public hearing, to proceed in 2015, on the proposed facility. TAMA Power expects to receive approval from the AUC in the first half of 2015.”

The company about Alberta conditions generally: “In Alberta we expect to see higher reserve margins in 2015 based on additional capacity that is coming online during the year. Combined cycle and cogeneration projects at large oil sands developments are expected to be key sources of new generation supply within Alberta. We believe that continued and growing demand for electricity, including demand for renewable energy, and the potential of increasing amounts of intermittent renewable generation to require additional capacity, may provide an opportunity to increase our generation capacity. There are currently 1,434 MW of wind generation facilities in operation and projects totalling approximately 1,100 MW of capacity have received regulatory approval. In total, approximately 2,350 MW of wind generation is in the [Alberta Electric System Operator] interconnection queue. However, not all announced generation is expected to be built and some projects cannot be developed prior to transmission expansions.”

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