Cogeneration plant at Edmonton International Airport takes off


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Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has powered up a new natural gas cogeneration power plant to cut carbon emissions and costs.

The facility, under construction in 2019 and operational this spring, facilitates the capture of heat from electrical power generation, using it to warm water, which in turn heats the EIA terminal.

The plant is expected to cut the airport’s annual carbon emissions by roughly 20 per cent — or 7,000-8,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, says a Tuesday EIA news release.

The facility is also expected to reduce EIA’s energy costs by roughly $800,000 per year.

ATCO was the prime contractor for the $11-million project, located adjacent to the central utilities plant.

“Using natural gas, an abundant, affordable and clean energy source, makes CoGen a win-win solution that offers facilities an opportunity to decrease their environmental footprint through decreased GHG emissions and lower operational costs,” said Lance Radke, ATCO vice president, customer experience and initiatives.

The Government of Alberta contributed $1.85 million towards construction.

“We couldn’t have done it without our partners, the Government of Alberta
and ATCO, and we’re thankful for their support. Our company is committed to being carbon-neutral by 2040 under our commitment to The Climate Pledge and this new cogeneration facility goes a long way to helping us get closer
to that goal by reducing our current emissions by 20 per cent,” said Tom Ruth, EIA president and CEO.