Alberta commission okays 90-MW gas project of BowArk Energy

BowArk Energy Ltd. won a March 6 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate the 90-MW Queenstown power plant.

The application was registered in October 2014. BowArk plans to install two 45-MW natural gas-fired turbines located in the County of Vulcan. The power plant would be located next to the existing AltaLink Management Ltd. Queenstown 504S substation.

The Queenstown Power Plant would be made up of two General Electric aero-derivative LM6000 PF simple cycle turbines. 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.

The site of the proposed Queenstown power plant is owned by Ducks Unlimited. BowArk has an option to purchase agreement with Ducks Unlimited to purchase the 34.6 acres required to construct the power plant.

Said the March 6 approval: “The Commission is satisfied that minimum environmental impacts are expected from the proposed project. The Commission understands that the air emissions from the project are expected to be compliant with the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.”

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