Capital Power to build 900 MW natural gas plant near coal plant

According to the report, engineering has begun for the plant and construction could start as early as 2015

Capital Power will locate its proposed natural gas-fired plant in Genesee, Alberta, according to a report from the Edmonton Journal. The new 900 MW power plant will be located near its existing coal-fired plant.

According to the report, engineering has begun for the plant and construction could start as early as 2015. The power plant, which will have two turbines, could be constructed in stages depending on the power market.

Capital Power CEO Brian Vaasjo said the company is flexible on construction date, and that it could begin later because Alberta currently has an oversupply of power, the journal reported.

However, that oversupply is expected to disappear in the future as 900 MW of coal-fired power sources are retired later this decade, with an additional 3,000 MW of coal-fired power sources retired between 2020 and 2030.

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