Saskatchewan orders GE equipment, services for natural gas power plants

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, August 4, 2010 — GE signed two contracts at a total value of about $87 million with Northland Power, an independent power producer based in Toronto, to supply power generation equipment and commissioning services for two natural gas fired power plants.

Responding to two requests for proposals in Saskatchewan, Northland Power was recently selected by SaskPower to provide 261 MW of baseload power and 87 MW of peaking power.

GE will supply its 7FA heavy-duty natural gas turbine for the North Battleford baseload power plant and two LM6000-PF aeroderivative gas turbines for the Spy Hill peaking plant.

According to local utility SaskPower, there are two primary factors causing the need for new electricity supply sources — the need to retire or life-extend select generating units and the growing demand for electricity in Saskatchewan.

Based on the current projected supply gap, SaskPower will have to rebuild, replace or acquire about 4,100 MW by 2030, resulting in the need for significant new generation and transmission infrastructure.

Northland Power is a publicly listed Canadian developer, operator and owner of power plants. Northland has a net generating capacity of 872 MW in operation and more than 3,300 MW in construction or development.

 

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