Alberta commission okays 95-MW power project of AltaGas

The Alberta Utilities Commission on March 20 approved a 95-MW power project of AltaGas Holdings Inc. in the Cold Lake area of this Canadian province.

AltaGas Holdings had sought approval for 95-MW natural gas-fired plant, and a permit and licence to construct and operate a 13.8-kV)/144-kV step-up substation, collectively designated as the AltaGas Kent Energy Plant.

AltaGas would install two 47-MW simple-cycle natural gas-fired SPRINT turbine generators packaged by General Electric and a 13.8-kV/144-kV step-up substation, designated as the AltaGas Kent 328S substation. This would be located adjacent to the existing AltaGas Kent Energy Gas Plant and the proposed power plant would be operated as a peaker plant, generating approximately 200,000 MWh/year of electricity during times of high power demand. The AltaGas Kent 328S substation would be used to transform each generator’s output voltage to the transmission voltage level of 144 kV.

The project site is within the Alberta Industrial Heartland, about 2.25 kilometres southwest of the City of Cold Lake, Alberta, in the municipal district of Sturgeon County. The natural gas for the power plant will be delivered via an existing TransCanada pipeline.

AltaGas stated that the power plant would connect to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System via a new switching station, designated as the Kent 3483 substation, and a new 144-kV transmission line. AltaGas also stated it has been meeting with the Alberta Electric System Operator and ATCO Electric Ltd. to discuss these facilities. ATCO Electric will file an application for the Kent 3483 substation, 144-kV transmission line and interconnection to the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System.

A project contact is: Altagas Holdings Inc., Neil Guy, phone (403) 691-7137, fax (403) 691-7576,

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