The Alberta Utilities Commission on Oct. 17 approved an application from Just Freehold Energy Corp. (JFE) to construct and operate a power plant designated as the Lacombe 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 proposed project, including its effect on the environment,” said the commission order.
This is a 3.9-MW natural gas-fired plant to be located approximately six kilometers southeast of the city of Lacombe. The company wants to connect the power plant to FortisAlberta Inc.’s distribution system.
JFE said the plant would consist of three Caterpillar G3516B natural gas-fired generating units with a capability of 1.3 MW each, for a total generating capability of 3.9 MW. The power 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 have a total continuous capability of 3.9 MW and a 4.7-MW peak capability. JFE indicated that the power plant would be connected to Fortis’ distribution system and that Fortis confirmed the capability could be accommodated. JFE stated that the power plant would be contained within a new building as an expansion to an existing gas-fired compression site.