BowArk switches from turbines to reciprocating engines at Queenstown project

The Alberta Utilities Commission is currently processing an application from BowArk Energy Ltd. to switch the technology and slightly up the size for the gas-fired Queenstown Power Plant, a peaking facility to be located in the County of Vulcan next to the existing Queenstown Substation of AltaLink.

Since the commission approval of the project on March 6 of this year, it has undergone design changes, from a gas-turbine (two General Electric LM6000 model turbines) configuration, to one that would use five Wartsila reciprocating engines, also to be fired with natural gas. The capacity of the project would also be increased, from 90 MW up to a new level of 94 MW.

The company said in the Nov. 4 application that site work would begin in the spring of 2016, with construction to begin in late 2017.

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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.