The Alberta Utilities Commission on Oct. 20 approved an application from Just Freehold Energy Corp. (JFE) to expand and operate a power plant designated as the Nevis Facility at an existing gas-fired compression site.
“After consideration of the record of the proceeding, and for the reasons outlined in this decision, the Commission finds that approval of the project is in the public interest having regard to the social, economic, and other effects of the project, including its effect on the environment,” the commission wrote.
JFE operates a natural gas-fired plant with an existing capability of 980 kW at its natural gas compressor site. The power plant is located approximately six kilometers southeast of the village of Alix. JFE has approval to connect the power plant to FortisAlberta Inc.’s distribution system.
JFE filed applications for approval to expand the existing plant by an additional 2.6 MW and to connect the power plant to Fortis’ distribution system. The applications were registered on April 18. The expansion would consist of two Caterpillar G3516B natural gas-fired generating units with a capability of 1.3 MW each.
The plant would be fueled 100% by natural gas from an adjacent field compressor and therefore no fuel storage would be required. In response to an information request, JFE clarified that the plant would be expanded by a continuous capability of 2.6 MW and peak capability of 3.1 MW for a total continuous capability for the plant of 3.6-MW and a 4.4-MW peak capability. JFE indicated that the power plant would remain connected to Fortis’ distribution system and that Fortis confirmed the capability could be accommodated. JFE stated that the new natural-gas fired generators would be contained within a new building as an expansion to the existing site.