Shell seeks delay while working to sell 690-MW Carmon Creek project in Alberta

Shell Canada Ltd. filed a Nov. 15 request with the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval of a delay in the construction completion deadline for the 690-MW Carmon Creek project, which the commission had approved in March 2014.

That March 2014 approval set a deadline of Dec. 31 of this year to complete the power project. Shell is now asking that this deadline be pushed back to Aug. 31, 2020.

Shell noted that in October 2015, it decided to delay development of the Carmon Creek Peace River Oilsands project, which the power plant and its substation would be a part of. Shell said it is currently working to divest the power plant and substation portions of the overall project. It noted that the power plant is partially constructed.

Shell pointed out the fact that the province of Alberta is looking to phase out coal-fired power by 2030 for greenhouse-gas-reduction purposes, which will allow the Carmon Creek power project to “play an important role in meeting the changing electricity supply of the Alberta market.”

This cogen plant would consist of three 230-MW natural gas turbine generators, each equipped with a heat-recovery steam generator, with a total generating capability of 690 MW. In addition, the power plant is to include two standby diesel-fueled generators, each with a preliminary generating capability of 5 MW.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.