Oil sands producer taps MHPS for Canadian cogeneration plant

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will supply two of its advanced class gas turbines and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for an oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.

Suncor Energy placed an order for two M501JAC turbines and two HRSGs for a cogeneration facility at Suncor’s Oil Sands Base Plant near Fort McMurray. The new units will replace three aging coke-fired boilers and will provide steam generation for bitumen recovery.

MHPS Americas President and CEO Paul Browning, who will be a panelist in a mega-session at POWERGEN International next month, said that his company is taking a leadership position in the decarbonization of the planet.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Suncor on this project,” Browning said. MHPS 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.” 

Once completed, the newly repowered plant will generate up to 800 MW into the Alberta electrical grid. In addition to the gas turbines and HRSGs, MHPS will provides its TOMONI digital power solution technology.

Suncor is one of the world’s biggest producers and processors of bitumen, the sticky asphalt-like form of petroleum which typically is mined in the Alberta oil sands.

The deposits near Fort McMurray generate close to 1.3 million barrels per day for numerous companies. Canada is the top oil importer into the U.S.

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POWERGEN International, happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans, will offer about 80 content sessions on natural gas, coal, renewables, energy storage and cogeneration, among other topics. MHPS is also among the hundreds of exhibitors which will be in booths on the floor.

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