Steam-Electric Plants in Western Canada - other fuels
Burrard
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 6 X 160 MW CHP
Operation: 1962-1975 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: Bessemer
T/G supplier: AEI, GE
Quick facts: The Burrard Upgrde Project was completed in 2003. This included the addition of SCR and CEM systems. Steam was supplied to Imperial Oil Ioco Terminal to heat heavy oil for shipment and storage. Since 2002, three units were put on standby and the full plant was closed in Mar 2016. BC Hydro converted four of the generators to act as synchronous condensers.

Photograph courtesy of Vancouver Sun
Posted 31 Oct 2009

Cancarb
Location: AB
Operator: TransCanada Energy Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 41 MW CHP
Operation: 2001
Fuel: wasteheat , natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: This PS in Medicine Hat generates electricity almost exclusively from waste heat energy from the adjacent Cancarb thermal carbon black operation. This cracks natural gas into carbon and hydrogen in 10 high temperature reactors. The hydrogen offgas, gas, called reform gas, is burned to heats the production reactors. The reactors reach temperatures of 1100-1500C and the hot exhaust gases are ducted into a fired HRSG to produce steam for a steam set.

Photograph courtesy of TransCanada
Posted 13 Apr 2014

Clover Bar
Location: AB
Operator: Epcor Generation Inc
Configuration: 4 X 165 MW
Operation: 1970-1979 (ret 2005)
Fuel: natural gas, landfill gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss Oerlikon, Hitachi
Quick facts: Until it was shutdown in Sep 2005, Clover Bar sold power into the Alberta Power Pool. In 1992, the station began supplementing its fuel supply with methane gas collected from the nearby Clover Bar Landfill northeast of Edmonton.

Photograph courtesy of EPCOR
Posted 12 May 2001

Estlin
Location: BC
Operator: NRGreen Power
Configuration: 1 X 5 MW ORC
Operation: 2008
Fuel: waste heat
Boiler supplier: n/a
T/G supplier: Ormat
Quick facts: Estlin uses using waste heat from gas compressors on the Alliance natural gas pipeline. The project went online in Jun 2008.

Photograph courtesy of NRGreen Power
Posted 23 Nov 2011

Queen Elizabeth
Location: SK
Operator: SaskPower
Configuration: 2 X 66 MW, 1 X 100 MW steam, 6 X 25 MW gas turbine (repower)
Operation: 1958-2002
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW, B&W
T/G supplier: BBC, EE, Hitachi
Quick facts: Unit-1 was repowered with six Hitachi H-25 gas turbines in 2002.

Photograph courtesy of SaskPower
Posted 8 Sep 2004

Rossdale
Location: AB
Operator: EPCOR
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW, 2 X 28 MW, 3 X 73 MW
Operation: 1944-1966 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Parsons, BB
Quick facts: Rossdale GS has a 14.7ha site on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. At the end of 2008, EPCOR received confirmation from the Alberta Electric System Operator that Rossdale plant could be completely retired. was no longer required for power generation. The Low Pressure Boiler House and Steam Turbine House, are provincially designated historic buildings and are being preserved for adaptive reuse. The HP plant was demolished (left in photo) in the summer of 2011.

Photograph by WinterE229 (wikimedia)
Posted 24 Aug 2013

Savona
Location: BC
Operator: Pristine Power Inc
Configuration: 1 X 5.9 MW ORC
Operation: 2008
Fuel: waste heat
Boiler supplier: n/a
T/G supplier: Ormat
Quick facts: Savona is 45km west of Kamloops and is an organic Rankine cycle system using waste heat from gas compressors on Spectra Energy's main natural gas pipeline. The project was jointly developed by Pristine Power and Enmax Green Power and has a 20yr PPA with BC Hydro. Ground was broken in Mar 2008 and the plant was energized in Jun 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Pristine Power Inc
Posted 7 Sep 2008

Selkirk
Location: MB
Operator: Manitoba Hydro
Configuration: 2 X 66 MW
Operation: 1961
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Parsons
Quick facts: Selkirk began operation as a lignite-fired plant. In Jan 2001, plans for a $30mn conversion to gas firing were announced and this was completed in mid-2002. The plant is lightly loaded and in 1984, both generators were modified to allow their use as synchronous condensers.

Photograph by Brian Simmons and courtesy of Manitoba Hydro
Posted 26 Mar 2001

University of Alberta
Location: AB
Operator: University of Alberta
Configuration: 1 X 13.3 MW, 1 X 26.4 MW CHP
Operation: 1994-2000
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Delaval, Brush
Quick facts: This CHP plant serves a district energy system that supplies the UOA campus, affiliated hospitals, the Cross Cancer Institute, and other smaller entities. The CHP plant was first built in 1959 with subsequent additions of boilers and related equipment. The plant has five gas-fired boilers. The facility also produces instrument quality air using three oil-free centrifugal air compressors.

Photograph courtesy of University of Alberta
Posted 12 Mar 2008

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 28-Jan-2017

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