Construction of the City's newest Power Plant is now complete. The Unit 16 Power Plant will ensure sufficient electricity supply to the City’s customers. At an opening ceremony on November 2, 2017 Mayor Ted Clugston officially declared Unit 16 online.
News Release (Sod-turning - June 7, 2016 - PDF)
In 2015, preliminary engineering, budget approvals and required permitting were completed and the project was approved. The final cost of this important project is $55.7 million, lower than the original project cost estimate of $66 million. Official sod-turning for the new facility took place in June, 2016.
August, 2017 photo
|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.
Unit 16 adds 43 megawatts to the City’s power supply, for a total of 246 MW. If the current largest unit goes offline, this will ensure sufficient power supply is available.
|Power Supply in the City of Medicine Hat
|Previous maximum supply
||If the City's largest unit was to go offline, the total supply would have been 148 MW (203 - 55 MW)
|Largest generating unit
|Unit 16 completion
||43 MW added to the system
||Total maximum supply is now increased to 246 MW
|Peak demand in summer
||The Unit 16 Power Plant ensures adequate supply is available to the City's customers (246 -55 = 191 MW)|
View the Construction Photo Gallery and Time Lapse Video
VIDEO Final - July 20, 2017
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