EDSON, ALTA. — A new low-carbon natural gas facility in Alberta will be built by PCL Industrial Management and Black & Veatch.
BPC, a joint venture between the two companies, was selected to build a 900-megawatt, low-carbon natural gas combined cycle generating facility under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Alberta-based developer Kineticor Resource Corp.
The Cascade Power Plant will be built southwest of Edson. It will utilize two SCC6-8000H gas turbines in a single-shaft combined cycle configuration with air-cooled condensers provided by Siemens Energy to offer an efficient, low-emissions power supply that is expected to meet eight per cent of Alberta’s average power demand.
“Pairing Black & Veatch’s deep expertise in EPC and natural gas power generation with PCL’s position as the most experienced constructor in Alberta created a winning combination,” said Andrew Plaunt, CEO of Kineticor, in a statement. “We’re pleased to have these two industry leaders on board, as this project will provide enormous benefit to the environment and the local economy.”
The project site is near high-voltage transmission lines and significant natural gas production, including Western Canada’s extensive NGTL System, which collects and transports gas from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
According to documents from the province, the project is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion.
BPC states work on the plan will start with commercial operations anticipated to commence in 2023. BPC estimated the project will require roughly 600 jobs during peak construction and three million labour hours to be built.