The Opal Power Plant is a proposed 101 megawatt (MW) flexible gas-fired power plant, with potential carbon capture, and a 138kV substation located on crown land approximately 1.3 kilometres south of the Town of Fox Creek, Alberta. Opal will be connected to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System via a new transmission line.
Opal will occupy approximately 6 acres of land on a total lease area of 18 acres.
Major components of the Opal Power Plan include nine high-efficiency hydrogen capable gas engine sets, one new 138kV substation (consisting of two 70MVA 138kV power transformers) and a control building.
Alberta is targeting to produce at least 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2030. While several renewable energy projects are underway to achieve this target, including Kiwetinohk’s Homestead and Granum solar projects, other sources of reliable, low carbon electricity are needed to support the buildout of intermittent renewable energy and support both the province’s energy requirements and clean energy ambitions.
Kiwetinohk is engaged with local First Nations regarding the potential impacts and benefits from the Opal Power Plant, including opportunities for Indigenous businesses during construction, operations and maintenance and ensuring Indigenous environmental knowledge and cultural needs are included as part of project planning.
Air emissions modelling is underway and the results will be included in Kiwetinohk’s application to the Alberta Utilities Commission. The project will meet the Alberta Air Emission Standard for Electricity Generation and the Alberta Emission Guidelines for Electricity Generation and the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives and Guidelines as required.
A detailed Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) is being undertaken to ensure the Opal Power Plan adheres to the Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 012: Noise Control during both he construction and operation phases. A copy of the NIA will be included in the application to the Alberta Utilities Commission, which is anticipated in January 2022.
A variety of wildlife assessments, wetland / watercourse assessments, vegetation and rare plants surveys and soils assessment are being completed as required by Alberta Environment and Park. Environmental assessment information and proposed mitigation measures will be submitted to AEP during the Industrial Designation application process. An application will be completed pursuant to the Historical Resources Act and clearance will be obtained prior to construction.
|Public Notification||August 2021|
|Personal & Indigenous Consultation||September 2021 – February 2022|
|AEP Disposition Application||October 2021|
|Update Notification||January 2022|
|AEP Industrial Application||February 2022|
|AUC Applications||February 2022|
|Anticipated AUC Approval||June 2022|
|Anticipated AUC Industrial Approval||December 2022|
|Construction Start||April 2023|
|In-Service Date||September 2024|