Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SaskPower to invest $550 million CAD to upgrade Saskatoon power station with natural gas and waste-heat conversion

The project, at the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon, the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, will involve the construction of three 35 MW natural gas turbines, six steam generators and a steam turbine designed to produce 95 MW of power. The project will provide an additional 200 MW of cleaner energy to the provincial grid by 2015.

“These natural gas generating units will emit half the carbon dioxide of coal-fired generators, as well as less sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury,” said Robert Watson, SaskPower President and Chief Executive Officer. “Emissions will be reduced even further because the operation will utilize waste heat to generate electricity rather than venting it to the atmosphere.”

SaskPower has stated that the private sector will play a major role in the design, construction and commissioning of the project. Those developers and suppliers involved in natural gas and waste heat generation will want to take note, as it is anticipated that SaskPower will issue a request for proposals (RFP) in the near future.

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