Alberta commission approves changes for Maxim’s Deerland peaking project

Maxim Power on May 8 won approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for some changes in the board’s prior approval for Maxim to construct and operate the Deerland power plant, a 190-MW gas-fired peaker located in the Bruderheim area.

Maxim filed an application in June 2014 with the Alberta commission for approval to alter and operate the power plant, to construct and operate a step-up substation, designated as Skaro 109S, and connect the Skaro 109S substation to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System.

“The proposed alterations to the Deerland peaking power plant include a change in turbine model, from the LM6000-PD to the LM6000-PF model, a decrease in project elevation by one metre, an increase in stack height of 6.1 metres, and the removal of the diesel fire pump, diesel storage tank and natural gas compressor,” said the May 8 decision. “Maxim stated that the locations of the stormwater pond, transformers and water treatment equipment would also be altered.”

The project would now consist of four General Electric LM6000-PF gas generator units as well as other associated equipment.

Said Maxim Power in a May 5 financial report about this project: “As previously reported, MAXIM received regulatory approvals to construct and operate the Deerland peaking station, a 190 MW natural gas-fired peaking facility. MAXIM has entered into agreements to secure firm natural gas transportation service for the Deerland peaking station. MAXIM expects that full-scale construction of the facility will commence pending commercial arrangements, which the Corporation is actively pursuing, and strengthening of prices in the Alberta power market.”

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