Oil-fired power plant in Canada to be decommissioned

NB Power announced Sept. 27 that the 315 MW Dalhousie Generating Station in New Brunswick, Canada will be permanently closed.

The utility conducted a review over the past two years to find options to keep the plant open, including potential alternative fuel sources and a search for expressions of interest from new operators. The plant once burned Orimulsion supplied from a company in Venezuela, but that contract recently ended.

“The results of our two-year review concluded that the continued operation of the Dalhousie Generating Station is no longer economically viable,” said Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power President and CEO. “NB Power’s mandate to provide reliable and cost effective electricity makes the closure of the Dalhousie Generating Station a necessity, and I am pleased that we have been able to do so with the least possible impact on our employees.”

A full environmental impact assessment will be conducted before NB Power begins to decommission the site. During decommissioning, NB Power will continue to pay the plant’s full property taxes to the town of Dalhousie. The remaining 25 staff members will continue to work during decommissioning and will be reassigned within NB Power once the work is completed. The project is expected to take four years.

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