CALGARY—Genalta Power Inc. said the first phase of its Three Creeks project in northwestern Alberta is now online and generating eight megawatts of electricity from excess gas from a nearby heavy oil site.
According to Calgary-based Genalta, the first two of five generation units are now live at the facility, which uses excess gas from Baytex Energy Corp.’s Three Creeks Field near Peace River, Alta., to produce electricity.
“Our newest facility has been designed with the specific purpose of gas conservation and providing a clean and sustainable source of electricity to the Peace River region,” Genalta president Paul Miller said in a statement.
“Baytex has been a committed partner in ensuring a clean and sustainable future for the Peace River region and the province.”
The two companies signed a deal in March 2014 for Baytex to sell natural gas to Genalta for the project.
Forecast to generate a total of 20 megawatts of electricity when the remaining three units go online, the Three Creeks project will produce enough electricity to power 23,000 homes in Alberta.
It’s Genalta’s fourth gas conservation project and the second in conjunction with Baytex.
“Baytex is dedicated to operating in an environmentally responsible manner and this initiative provides a significant increase in gas conservation in the Three Creeks area,” Baytex president and chief executive James Bowzer.
The entire project is scheduled to be online by the end of 2015.