Northland Power fires up new gas plant in Saskatchewan

Northland Power‘s 260 MW North Battleford natural gas power plant achieved commercial operations June 5 after completing all required tests.

The facility, located in west central Saskatchewan, will provide baseload and intermediate power to the Saskatchewan power grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Saskatchewan Power Corp. (SaskPower). The agreement was awarded to Northland following a competitive bid process initiated in 2008.

The project entered construction in June 2010, and was built under an engineer, procure and construct contract by Kansas City based Kiewit Power Partners. The facility consists of a 170 MW General Electric (GE) gas turbine operating in “combined cycle” with a heat recovery steam generator (large boiler) and steam turbine.

The boiler produces steam for use in the steam turbine, generating additional electricity, for a total capacity of 260 MW. Natural-gas-fired turbines are considered the cleanest form of reliable thermal generation, and their use in combined cycle mode further increases the efficiency of the facility, while limiting environmental impacts.

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