City’s newest power generation plant, Unit 17, now in service

Medicine Hat – On Monday, May 30, the City of Medicine Hat celebrated the grand opening of Unit 17 – Medicine Hat’s newest power generation plant, with a celebration on site attended by dignitaries and invited guests.

“With the official opening today of our new power generation plant, the City of Medicine Hat’s proud legacy of independent power supply continues,” said Brad Maynes, Managing Director of Energy and Infrastructure. “With over 110 years of generation history we look forward to continuing to serve our residents and our customers growing power demands with reliable electricity supply.”

The City of Medicine Hat began producing electricity in 1910 with the ability to generate 600 kilowatts of power. The 43 additional megawatts of power generation capacity from Unit 17 brings the City’s total current production to just under 300 megawatts.

Units 16 and 17 are located at 5270 Box Springs Road NW rather than at the main power plant on the south bank of the South Saskatchewan River. They both operate on a separate supply of natural gas than the main plant and are able to provide back-up power if our largest generation unit ever goes offline.

The new General Electric LM6000PF simple cycle gas turbine includes a heat recovery system for increased efficiency and selective catalytic reduction emission control technology to reduce NOx emissions and meet environmental approval requirements.

“Utilizing the newest technologies in emissions reduction and highly efficient equipment, Unit 17 is a proud addition to our fleet and will be a backbone to our energy transition ambitions over the years to come,” said Maynes.

At the ceremony, Mayor Linnsie Clark provided remarks from City Council, while Councillor Alison Van Dyke spoke on behalf of the City’s Energy and Infrastructure Committee.

Project Manager and Director of Medicine Hat Power and Water, Brian Strandlund, thanked the project team, consultants, engineers and contractors, including: Burns and McDonnell, General Electric, Taifa Engineering Ltd., Orbis Engineering Field Services (A Spark Power Company), GVN Structures, Pronghorn Controls Ltd., Dynamic Industrial Solutions, CECO Peerless, Firefly Power and Energy, Vira Engineering, Airswift, Mark N Consulting and Badlands Safety.

Unit 17 was constructed from start to finish in just under one year, logging 86,442 working hours with no lost time injuries.

“On time and under budget is an exceptional achievement given the challenges over the last year in terms of COVID protocols and supply chain challenges,” adds Maynes. “We are so thankful for our project management team and all of our employees, suppliers and contractors who contributed to bringing this project to fruition.”

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