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First Notice: TransAlta’s coal-to-gas conversion; Calgary cyclotron; McCarthy Tetrault looks at fed coal policy

First Notice: TransAlta’s coal-to-gas conversion; Calgary cyclotron; McCarthy Tetrault looks at fed coal policy

 

TransAlta completes coal-to-gas conversion project

TransAlta Corporation announced today that it has completed the second of three planned coal-to-gas conversions at its Alberta thermal power generation facilities near Wabamun, Alta.

The plant converted was Keephills Unit 2. The firm said converting to natural gas from coal will reduce its CO2 emissions by more than half, from approximately 1.04 tonnes CO2e per megawatt-hour to approximately 0.51 tonnes CO2e per megawatt-hour in 2021.

McCarthy Tetrault analyzes federal thermal coal policy

Lexology today reports on an article by Selina Lee-Andersen of McCarthy Tetrault LLP on the federal government’s position statement on new and expansion thermal coal projects in Canada. “In short,” the lawyer writes about the June 11 statement, “The federal government’s position is that new thermal coal mining projects, or expansions of existing thermal coal mines in Canada, are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects. In addition, the federal government considers such projects as being inconsistent with Canada’s emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.”

Alberta to build new Calgary cyclotron

The province of Alberta has budget $18.6 million over three years in Budget 2021 for a cyclotron enabling Calgary, Alta to produce a consistent supply of radiopharmaceuticals. The entire project is expected to cost about $50 million and will replace the Calgary Radiopharmaceutical Centre, which needs upgrades to meet existing standards. The exact location of the new facility is being finalized and the project is expected to be complete in 2024-25.

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