Alberta commission gives Cargill extra time to complete gas-fired power project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on May 1 approved a slight delay in the construction timeline for an 11.3-MW power project of Cargill Ltd.

Cargill has approval to construct and operate an 11.3-MW natural gas-fired power plant adjacent to a proposed canola crushing plant, southeast of the city of Camrose. That approval stipulated a completion date of June 30, 2015, for construction of the power plant. Cargill in April requested a time extension from June 30, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2015. Cargill also requested approval to connect the power plant to the FortisAlberta Inc. 25-kV distribution system.

Cargill said that construction of the generator is complete. However, it has experienced delays with completion of the project due to a number of issues associated with the generator transfer trip communications between the power plant and AltaLink Management Ltd.’s 285S substation. Cargill stated that it is working with TELUS and AltaLink to resolve the issues, which may result in the redesign of the communications systems or the deployment of new relay devices.

Cargill provided a letter from FortisAlberta, indicating that FortisAlberta was prepared to connect the power plant to its 25-kV distribution system, pending final execution of an interconnection agreement. Cargill stated that it was working closely with FortisAlberta with respect to an interconnection agreement.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.