ENMAX seeks four-year delay for 165-MW Bonnybrook project in Calgary

The Alberta Utilities Commission is taking comment until Nov. 9 on a recent application from ENMAX Bonnybrook Inc. to extend the construction completion date stipulated by the commission in a November 2012 approval for a prior delay for the Bonnybrook Energy Centre.

The completion deadline delay asked for this time would be from June 30, 2016, to June 30, 2020. The Bonnybrook Energy Centre will be located at 3316 Bonnybrook Road S.E., Calgary, and will consist of three natural gas-driven turbine generators and one steam-driven turbine generator with a total generating capability of 165 MW. 

An ENMAX representative is Jay Dyson, 403-514-2922, jdyson@enmax.com.

Said the project website: “ENMAX Energy Corporation is proposing to build and operate a 165 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fuelled co-generation facility that will provide enough electricity for about half of downtown Calgary’s energy requirements. The facility will be located on the Canada Malting site at 3316 Bonnybrook Road SE in an industrial zoned area in Calgary. The Bonnybrook Energy Centre (BEC) will use efficient combined-cycle technology that generates electricity from combustion turbines fuelled by natural gas, and from a steam turbine fuelled by heat produced by the combustion turbines. Heat from the combustion turbines is also used to produce hot water that could potentially be used by other businesses.”

Said a September 2015 project newsletter about the delays: “In fall 2012, ENMAX requested and received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to extend the completion date of the project to June 2016, due to changing near-term market conditions. Market conditions today are impacting many industries in Alberta. The decline in oil and gas prices may impact the pace of economic development for many years. In response, ENMAX has requested approval from the AUC to further extend the BEC completion date to June 2020. ENMAX believes that once these weak economic conditions subside, the Alberta power market will again require additional power generation.”

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