|Construction is now underway for a new electrical generation unit in the city’s northwest Box Springs area. Once completed, the new generation unit will ensure sufficient electricity supply to the City’s customers. Council approved this $66 million project in July 2015, following a feasibility study and economic assessment.
An official sod-turning ceremony took place in June, 2016. Quarterly Updates showing construction of “Unit 16” will be posted here regularly. Anticipated completion is 2017.
|The location of the new generation unit in the Box Springs area is strategic in nature. Located away from the power plant, it will operate on a separate supply of natural gas. This meets the Alberta Utilities Commission guidelines for electrical generation capability for municipalities.
|Location of new generation facility (click to enlarge)|
|Power Supply in the City of Medicine Hat
|Current maximum supply
||If the City's largest unit was to go offline, the total supply would be 148 MW (203 - 55 MW)
|Largest generating unit
|New LM-6000 generation unit
||43 MW added to the system
||Total maximum supply will be increased to 246 MW
|Peak demand in summer
||The addition of a new generator ensures adequate supply is available to the City's customers (246 -55 = 191 MW)|
3D render of new generation facility
|The site civil contractor for the project is Dynamic Industrial Solutions - awarded by tender in May 2016. AVAL Engineering is the project manager and WorleyParsons provided Design Engineering.
View the previous video: Time Lapse Vide August 2016 to January 2017
View the most recent Construction Time Lapse Video
Updated April 12, 2017