ATCO asks for an extra month to complete 7.1-MW plant in Alberta

ATCO Power Canada Ltd. on May 24 asked the Alberta Utilities Commission for a slight rollback in the May 31 deadline to complete a 7.1-MW power plant.

ATCO is the operator of a temporary power plant located at Apache Canada Ltd.’s House Mountain Gas Plant in the Slave Lake area. On March 30 of this year, the commission approved ATCO to construct and operate a 7.1‐MW natural gas-fired permanent plant to replace the temporary plant. That approval included a condition that construction of the power plant be completed by May 31 of this year.

ATCO had an anticipated in‐service date of May 1 for the permanent plant, to align with the expiration of an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to Apache for the temporary plant. This approval was subsequently amended to reflect the design and operations of the permanent plant. An EPEA amendment application was submitted to the AER on Jan. 4, 2016.

Unfortunately, due to approximately a month delay in receipt of the AER EPEA approval, the commencement of construction was also delayed, resulting in a mid‐June 2016 anticipated in‐service date, said ATCO. So it asked for an extension to June 30 on the construction completion deadline. Construction efforts at House Mountain are on‐going and ATCO noted that it is tracking towards an in‐service date of around June 15.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
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.