Clean Coal Technologies, Coal

Transcanada moves ahead with Northern Lights Project

26 October 2006 — TransCanada Corp. earlier this week announced it is now actively pursuing permitting for the Montana-to-Las Vegas direct current (DC) transmission line. The 3,000-MW line to Las Vegas is the first of three lines that comprise the Northern Lights Project, which is planned to move power generated from new, “clean coal” electric generating stations and wind farms to major electric load centers in the West.

TransCanada has filed for permits with Montana and will proceed to file for federal and state permits from Idaho and Nevada as well. The three states have agreed to streamline the project, which is scheduled to commence operations by 2012.

The other two transmission lines of the Northern Lights Project will also be DC lines. The two lines will extend from Wyoming to Las Vegas and from Fort McMurray, Alberta to the Washington-Oregon border. The Montana-to-Las Vegas line and Wyoming-to-Las Vegas line will meet near Borah, Idaho. Between Borah and southern Nevada, the lines will run parallel.

The estimated cost of the Montana-to-Las Vegas project is $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion.

It is anticipated that the new power plants will employ an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) design and advanced gasification processes to use oilsands and other fossil fuels.