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Unit 17 Additional Generation

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Project Description

The City is proposing to add a generating unit (Unit 17) to the City’s electricity system. 


Regular Project Updates

The City will continue to provide updates throughout the process, from the planning phase through to project completion, via the City of Medicine Hat website.  

Project Details 
The project is to add an additional natural gas combustion turbine generator to the City’s electricity system. The proposed LM6000 simple cycle unit will:

  • Increase the City’s total generation capacity by 44 megawatts
  • Act as a back-up (firm) power supply, ensuring that power is supplied to all customers should one of the largest generators fail
  • Include a heat recovery system for increased efficiency and selective catalytic reduction emission control technology to reduce NOx emissions and meet environmental approval requirements
  • The project will have minimal impacts to future land development as it will be constructed on City-owned land, adjacent to the Unit 16 power plant that was commissioned in 2017. 

Anticipated Project Schedule

 Activity Anticipated completion

March 2019 - Public and Stakeholder Consultation

March 2019 - completed

March 2019 - Engineering Permit Support Study Phase March 2019 - completed
April 2019 - File application with Alberta Utility Commission (AUC)filed April 15
August 2019

April 2019 -  File application with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP)- filed April 15

August 2019

May 2019 - Cost estimation contract - Awarded May 2019 August 2019
Present information to City Council Early fall 2019
Potential Construction Start Spring 2020
Compete construction and commission new power plant  June 2021

*Once the AUC and AEP applications are approved, City Council approval will be required to move forward to construction phase.  

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Ciy of Medicine Hat
Electric Generation Department

580 First Street SE

Medicine Hat, Alberta  T1A 8E6