Imperial Oil seeks three-year delay for 43-MW cogen project in Alberta

Imperial Oil Ltd., in an application dated Nov. 18 and filed on Nov. 28, is asking the Alberta Utilities Commission for a three-year delay in the construction completion deadline for a 43-MW cogeneration project.

Imperial Oil wants to defer the completion deadline of Dec. 31, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2019. Imperial said it now anticipates making a decision to fund the construction of the cogeneration project in 2017, with startup of the power plant anticipated to take place prior to Dec. 31, 2019.

Said the delay request: “An extension of the construction completion deadline is required to allow Imperial to reactivate the Strathcona Refinery Cogeneration Project which was suspended in 2015 as a result of the economic situation at the time, namely lower crude oil prices and the effect on company cash flow. As well, Imperial required additional time to conduct an assessment of potential impacts and the viable configuration of cogeneration for the Strathcona refinery following the Alberta Government’s ongoing release of important policy details and implementation process for the new Climate Leadership Plan regulations. Imperial remains committed to an efficient and effective full phase development of the Strathcona Cogeneration project and is proceeding with the reactivation of the Cogeneration Project within the terms and conditions of the existing approval.”

In 2014, Imperial had applied to the AUC for approval to construct and operate a 43-MW cogen at the Imperial Strathcona Refinery located in Strathcona County, east of the city of Edmonton. That application was approved in February 2015, with that approval containing the current construction deadline.

The application said the cogen project will include installation of a new 43 MW (ISO) General Electric Frame 6B gas turbine generator and electrical facilities. In conjunction with the cogen, there will be a fuel gas-fired heat recovery steam generator constructed which will produce the steam to meet about 50% of the refinery needs.

A company contact is: Larry Krushelnitzky, Strathcona Cogeneration Project Executive, phone 780.449.8261, larry.l.krushelnitzky@esso.ca.

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