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CALGARY - A new era of Calgary power generation is taking shape on the southeastern edge of the city.
Since July, construction crews have been literally laying the foundation for Enmax Energy Corp’s 800-megawatt natural gas-fired Shepard power plant.
Today, a battalion of labourers is on site, moving cables and earth and pouring cement for the 1,100 pilings needed to support 270-tonne turbines and related structures.
The city-owned utility will become a base load power provider when the plant — the largest of its kind in Alberta, and among the biggest in Canada — is completed in 2015, a status normally associated with coal-fired plants churning out power around the clock.
Shepard will produce enough electricity to meet half of Calgary’s existing power demands, said Dave Rehn, Enmax executive vice-president of generation and wholesale markets. - Calgary Herald