Alberta’s largest natural gas-fired facility reaches operations

 Alberta’s largest natural gas-fired facility reaches operations

ENMAX Corp. (ENMAX) and Capital Power Corp. (TSX: CPX, Capital Power) announced that the Shepard Energy Centre — an 800-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located in east Calgary, Canada — is now fully operational. 

The facility will provide electricity to Alberta's grid as the province transitions away from aging coal-fired generation facilities.  

First announced by ENMAX in 2007, the project became a joint venture when Capital Power agreed to become a 50 per cent owner in late 2012. Kiewit-Black & Veatch were named as contractors to build the facility, in April 2011.

In January 2009, Mitsubishi announced it would supply two 240-MW natural gas-fired turbines, one 320-MW steam turbine and associated generators. In addition to generating electricity, the two combustion turbines will make use of waste heat through the steam turbine. This configuration makes the facility nearly 30 percent more efficient, while reducing fuel costs, and emitting less than half the COemissions per megawatt hour of a conventional coal plant. The facility's cooling towers also use 14 million liters of reclaimed water daily from The City of Calgary's Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Personnel peaked at approximately 1,110 during summer 2014. 

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