In a March 30 decision, the Alberta Utilities Commission approved an application by ATCO Power Canada Ltd. to construct and operate a 7.1-MW natural gas-fired plant in the Slave Lake area.
The commission also granted ATCO Power permission to connect the power plant to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System.
ATCO Power filed applications with the commission for approval to construct and operate this power plant at Apache Canada Ltd.’s House Mountain gas plant in the Slave Lake area, and to connect the power plant to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System via the ATCO Electric Ltd. 25-kilovolt distribution system. The applications were registered in December 2015.
ATCO Power currently operates a 4.96-MW plant at Apache Canada Ltd.’s House Mountain gas plant. The power plant was approved in March 2015, and was intended to be temporary in nature, operating for a period of between six months and one year in order to offset the amount of flaring that was occurring at the House Mountain gas plant. This was a result of an ATCO Pipelines sales gas pipeline being taken out of service due to integrity concerns in late 2013.
ATCO Power said that the new power plant, which would consist of five 1.42-MW natural gas-fired reciprocating generating units with a total generating capability of 7.1 MW, would replace the temporary power plant.