Cogeneration plant slated for Oil Sands facility
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) said Suncor Energy placed an order for two M501JAC advanced class gas turbines and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) for a future cogeneration facility at the company’s Oil Sands Base Plant facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
The new technology will replace three aging coke-fired boilers and will provide reliable steam generation required for Suncor’s extraction and upgrading operations for bitumen recovery, MHPS said. The cogeneration units are expected to result in a significant reduction in atmospheric emissions, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Along with improving the reliability of existing steam generation needed for production processes, this new technology will produce up to 800 MW of low-carbon, baseload, reliable power to be transmitted to the Alberta electrical grid.
In addition to providing M501JAC gas turbines, MHPS will provide MHPS-TOMONI, their digital power solution technology. This will allow MHPS and Suncor to monitor the equipment to optimize maintenance and operations, ultimately leading to increased reliability.
“We’re very pleased to partner with Suncor on this project,” says Paul Browning, President and CEO of MHPS Americas. “MHPS has taken a leadership position in the de-carbonization of our planet, and will continue to seek opportunities to work with innovative companies like Suncor whose drive towards greater efficiency and reduced emissions are important steps to a Change in Power.”