22 July 2010 – Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply the power generating equipment and associated engineering for the Cabin Gas Plant Power Generation Project in British Columbia, Canada. The company will supply three Wärtsilä 20V34SG gas engine generator sets running on natural gas, producing a combined output of over 26 MW.
The power plant will provide electricity to a natural gas processing plant producing pipeline quality gas from shale formations located in the heart of the Horn River Basin, one of the most prolific shale gas deposits in North America.
The power plant will run on the natural gas processed by this natural gas processing plant.
There currently is no electrical grid to provide electricity in this area of British Columbia, which makes on-site generation a necessity.
Wärtsilä says that its technology provides high reliability because of the multiple units and its proven technology. Other benefits include the excellent heat rate and lack of process water consumption.
The engine generator sets and equipment will be delivered in the 3rd quarter of 2011 and the natural gas processing plant is expected to be operational in the autumn of 2012.
The shale gas boom taking place in Canada and the US is a fairly recent phenomenon spurred on by new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies. Gas from shale deposits has become an increasingly important source of natural gas over the last decade and is viewed as a key supply source for the future.