AltaLink asks for more time for delayed, 190-MW Deerland peaking project

AltaLink Management Ltd., which in December 2014 won Alberta Utilities Commission approval for interconnection facilities for the Deerland peaking project, on Aug. 8 asked the commission for more time to complete those facilities.

“The current status of the Project is on hold,” AltaLink noted. “Engineering, procurement, and construction have not been started at the request of the Customer, Maxim Power Corp. Attached is correspondence from the Customer showing its agreement with this time extension. The AESO approved the enclosed Project Change Proposal Form on June 18, 2015 to reschedule the Project energization from March 1, 2016 to December 1, 2017.”

It pointed out that Maxim itself has already extended 190-MW Deerland Peaking Power Plant permits and licenses to May 31, 2018. AltaLink is now requesting a time extension until Dec. 1, 2017, or a later date of May 31, 2018, to complete the construction of these facilities.

Maxim, in an Aug. 10 quarterly financial report, said about this project: “MAXIM has received regulatory approvals to construct and operate the Deerland peaking station, a 190 MW natural gas-fired peaking facility. MAXIM has entered into agreements to secure firm natural gas transportation service for the Deerland peaking station. MAXIM expects that full-scale construction of the facility would commence pending improved prices in the Alberta power market and satisfactory commercial arrangements.”

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