Alberta commission okays short extension for new diesel-fired power plant

The Alberta Utilities Commission on March 24 granted a short deadline break to Shaw CableSystems GP, which has had construction delays for a 17.9-MW diesel-fired power plant within the Shaw Data Centre in Calgary.

The commission’s 2013 approval for the project stipulated a completion date of March 31, 2015. MechWave Engineering Ltd., on behalf of Shaw, on March 10 filed an application requesting a time extension to Sept. 30, 2015, in order to complete the construction of the power plant.

MechWave said that the power plant project is nearing completion and the generators and associated equipment are in the commissioning phase. However, Shaw has experienced delays with completion mainly due to a number of scheduling issues. Based upon the information provided, MechWave has demonstrated that the requested time extension is of a minor nature, but necessary in order for Shaw to complete the power plant project, the commission noted in its March 24 approval of the extension.

This power plant, to provide backup power to the data center, consists of:

  • six 2.6-MW diesel-fired generators (main generators);
  • two 900-kW diesel-fired generators (auxiliary units); and
  • one 500-kW diesel-fired unit (Life Safety Unit).
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