Alberta okays delay, ownership change for 20-MW project

Natural Energy Partners Ltd. (NEPL) won a May 14 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for a delay in the completion deadline for a 20-MW project.

NEPL has had an approval to construct and operate a 20-MW natural gas-fired plant in the Ralston, Alberta, area. The power plant would be located north of Ralston in Cypress County.  NEPL also has approval to connect the power plant to the FortisAlberta Inc. distribution system.

In a March 18 application, it asked for approval of an ownership transfer of the power plant and connection order as well as a time extension, from Jan. 31, 2015, to June 1, 2015, in order to complete construction of the power plant.

NEPL stated that it had entered into a joint venture with Cummins Energy Ventures Canada Ltd. to develop the power project. For the purpose of the joint venture, NEPL created NAT-1 LP to hold the approvals and obtain financing for the project. NEPL said that NAT-1 GP Inc. would hold the approval and connection order on behalf of NAT-1 LP.

NEPL stated that the construction of the power plant had begun and the necessary engineering stamped single-line diagrams had been submitted for interconnection. NEPL requested approval to extend construction completion of the power plant to June 1 because additional time to complete construction was required.

“The Commission approves a time extension to January 31, 2016, to allow for further unexpected delays in the scheduled project work,” said the May 14 approval order. The ownership change was also approved. “Based upon the information provided, NAT-1 GP Inc. has demonstrated that it is eligible to hold the approvals in its name.”

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