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Oakville News: OPA announces site location for new Oakville power plant

September 30, 2009

Source: Ontario Power Authority

Toronto, ON (Sept. 30, 2009)

The Ontario Power Authority announced today it will sign a contract with TransCanada Corporation to design, build and operate a 900 megawatt (MW) electricity generating station in Oakville to provide a new, cleaner source of electricity for the growing southwest Greater Toronto Area. This new natural gas power plant will maintain local supply reliability and replace the coal-fired Lakeview generating station, helping Ontario become the first jurisdiction in the world to eliminate dirty coal from its electricity generation mix.

Google map of site/location of the new gas-fired power plant to be built in southeast Oakville

Google map of site/location of the new gas-fired power plant to be built in southeast Oakville

The new power plant to be built in Oakville will operate during peak periods and be up and running by Dec. 31, 2013. Emission standards for the new plant are 70 percent stricter than what is currently required by the Ontario Ministry of the EnvironmentTransCanada will meet or exceed these standards, through the use of gas turbines that are among the most efficient available.

In addition to the stricter emission standards, the government of Ontario today announced a clean air plan for the southwest GTA in response to community concerns about air quality. As well, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, after a review requested by Peel Public Health, has concluded that there is no evidence there will be negative impacts on the health of southwest GTA residents with the addition of a natural gas-fired power generation facility in the region.

TransCanada estimates the capital cost of the plant at $1.2 billion — all of which will be financed privately, at no risk to Ontario consumers.  It will create approximately 600 construction jobs over about 28 months. There will also be significant local spending on goods and services including supplies during construction and throughout the 20-year operation of the project as well as food and lodging. Municipal taxes are estimated to exceed $1 million annually. About 25 permanent jobs will be created to operate and maintain the facility.

“This new plant will meet local needs for a reliable supply of electricity, strengthen Ontario’s overall system, while performing far above Ontario’s stringent air emission standards,” said Colin Andersen, chief executive officer of the Ontario Power Authority. “The selection process was fair and objective. TransCanada provides the best value and has the experience, expertise and capacity to deliver the project on time and on budget.”

The selection of TransCanada to build and operate the natural gas-fired power plant followed a rigorous competitive procurement process involving four proponents. The successful proponent was chosen through a multi-stage evaluation by an independent team that examined each proposal’s ability to meet the requirements laid out in the procurement process. Its gas turbines and duct burners will be equipped with dry low NOx combustion technology and utilize selective catalytic reduction to effectively control emissions. And, the facility will be designed with silencing equipment to mitigate any noise impacts.

TransCanada strives to be a good neighbour in every community where it operates. The Portlands Energy Centre (in-service) and the Halton Hills Generating Station (under construction) are examples of their local facilities operating in harmony with the community. Both plants have established Community Liaison Committees to work with the community and address local issues.

TransCanada’s community investment program focuses on five areas: education, environment, health, human services, and civic initiatives. TransCanada will welcome the opportunity to participate in community projects that fit in these areas.  TransCanada will also work with the community and key stakeholders to ensure the development of the new power plant in Oakville includes their input.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 11:53 am

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