Alberta commission seeks input on 8-MW, gas-fired Signalta project

The Alberta Utilities Commission will be taking public comment until Oct. 2 on a recent application by Signalta Resources Ltd. to construct and operate an 8-MW natural gas-fired power plant

The plant would be located in the Heisler/Forestburg area and would be fuelled by sweet natural gas with the electric energy exported to the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System.

Signalta is a private oil and gas exploration and development company that was incorporated in 1976. Signalta has had operations, including the Forestburg sour gas plant, in the Forestburg/Heisler area of Alberta for the last 35 years.

Signalta is proposing to construct and operate the 8-MW Heisler Generating Station. The fuel source will be sweet natural gas from a Signalta-operated gas pipeline system adjacent to the proposed site. Signalta proposes to supply the Alberta Grid with electricity and to supply ancillary services to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

The project will include a 25-kV line connecting to the offsetting substation across the road. The project is planned to be constructed on private land near Heisler that is currently being utilized for agriculture.

The proposed start date of construction is June 1, 2016, and the planned in-service date is Nov. 1, 2016. All equipment is prefabricated and will be transported to the site by truck, then set on piles, the company noted.

Said an application document: “The power plant will consist of three Jenbacher JGS 616 natural gas fired internal combustion engines directly connected to generators; each unit is rated at 2.665 MW for a total generating station capacity of 8 MW.”

A project contact is: John Stueck, P.Eng. Chief Engineer, Production Operations & Facilities, Phone: 403.218.4235, Fax: 403.262.7533, john.stueck@signalta.com.

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