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Unit 16 Power Plant

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Officially Online November 2017

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. 

Final 02-11-17 City Officially Opens New Power Plant (PDF)

Unit 16 Backgrounder Nov 2 2017 (PDF)

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 photoUnit 16 August 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.

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.

New unit and power plant

Location of new generation facility (click to enlarge)


Power Supply in the City of Medicine Hat
Previous maximum supply
203 MW
If the City's largest unit was to go offline, the total supply would have been 148 MW (203 - 55 MW)
Largest generating unit
55 MW

Unit 16 completion
43 MW added to the system
Total maximum supply is now increased to 246 MW
Peak demand in summer
170 MW
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

Construction Update Photo Gallery

VIDEO Final - July 20, 2017

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