Suncor Energy has placed an order for two M501JAC advanced class gas turbines and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems for a future cogeneration facility at the company’s Oil Sands Base Plant facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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. 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 megawatts (MW) of low-carbon, baseload, reliable power to be transmitted to the Alberta electrical grid. Cogeneration is the most energy-efficient form of hydrocarbon-based power generation.
“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 is a true change in power.”