9 October 2007 – GE Energy and Bechtel Overseas Power Corp. signed a project development agreement with TransCanada Corp. of Calgary to develop the first polygeneration facility in Canada.
The proposed facility is expected to use petroleum coke as feedstock to generate approximately 300 MW of long-term electricity, among other things.
The facility would use GE Energy’s gasification and flexible-fuel technology to generate power. GE will supply the gasification island and the power island equipment, which includes two GE Frame 7FB gas turbines designed to run on syngas with a high hydrogen content.
Under the agreement with TransCanada, GE and Bechtel have completed the first preliminary engineering step and will be advancing into the next engineering step in early 2008. If this work indicates that the project is economically viable, the detailed engineering design (FEED) phase will follow. If the project receives final approvals for construction, the facility would have an in-service date targeted for 2013.