Ontario Power to decommission shut coal units at Lambton plant

Ontario Power Generation said Nov. 22 that it will decommission the coal-fired Lambton Generating Station (GS) in 2017.

The facility stopped using coal in 2013 as part of the provincial utility’s now-completed campaign to shut off coal usage for greenhouse-gas-reduction purposes. The decommissioning will save customers C$11 million.

“We are grateful to the communities surrounding Lambton GS for their years of support and engagement in our operations,” said Mike Martelli, OPG’s President of Renewable Generation & Power Marketing.

Continuing to preserve Lambton beyond 2016 for future conversion is no longer economically feasible. OPG has converted other coal plants to burning biomass. Consistent with government efforts to reduce electricity costs and flat demand forecasts in the Ontario Planning Outlook, OPG will decommission the site and remove the buildings. OPG will continue to own the Lambton site. Options for repurposing it will be reviewed over the long term.

OPG’s Lambton Generating Station is located on the St. Clair River in St. Clair Township, 26 kilometers south of Sarnia, Ontario. The station first started generating electricity in 1969. In October 2010, two of the station’s four generating units were retired. The final two, which are the ones that will now be removed, total 950 MW of capacity.

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