ALBERTA – SUNCOR has awarded the contract for a gas-fired cogeneration plant for its Firebag in-situ oil sands project to Edmonton-based WASHINGTON GROUP NORTHERN, the Canadian subsidiary of Washington Group International.
Under the contract, Washington and CANONBIE CONTRACTING will supply and build the Firebag Stage 3 cogeneration plant. Washington will provide overall project management, engineering, procurement and commissioning/start-up for the plant, four substations and five miles of 144-kV transmission lines. Washington and Canonbie will provide construction management and construction services.
When complete, the facility is expected to generate 160 mW of electricity and 400,000 lb/hour of wet steam. The steam is needed to extract bitumen from the oil sands. The electricity is planned to be used at the Firebag project and at Suncors main plant near Ft. McMurray. Construction plans for Suncors third stage of the Firebag project are still subject to approval from Suncors board, but a decision regarding construction start-up is expected midyear.
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