Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle Plants in Ontario
Brantford Mill
Location: ON
Operator: Sonoco Products Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 3.9 MW 501KB5S gas turbine CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1993
T/G supplier: Allison, US Turbine
Quick facts: This cogen project at a paper mill runs in parallel with the gird.

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 26 Feb 2005


Brighton Beach
Location: ON
Operator: Atco Power
Configuration: 580-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle block with 7001FA gas turbines
Operation: 2004
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: AE EnergieTecknik
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Brighton Beach is owned by a 50:50 JV of Atco Power and Ontario Power Generation.  The plant is the largest gas-fired power station in Canada and was built at the site of the former J Clark Keith power station.  Output is sold by Coral Energy.

Photograph courtesy of Atco Group
Posted 4 Aug 2004

Cardinal Power
Location: ON
Operator: Cardinal Power of Canada LP
Configuration: 156-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle CHP with W501D5 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1994
HRSG supplier: Zurn
T/G supplier: WH, Brush
EPC: Northern Engineering Industries, Bracknell
Quick facts: This plant was developed by Sithe Energies and is now owned by Macquarie Power & Infrastructure. Electricity is sold to Electricity Financial Corp (OEFC) under a long-term power purchase agreement until 2014. The facility also sells steam and compressed air to Canada Starch Operating Co (CASCO) the largest corn refining plant in Canada, under a contract expiring in 2015. Natural gas is supplied under a long-term gas supply agreement with Husky Energy until 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Combined Cycle Journal
Posted 2 Jul 2007

Location: ON
Operator: Sithe Global Power LLC
Configuration: 905-MW, 3+1 combined-cycle block with 7001FB gas turbines
Operation: 2009
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Deltak
T/G supplier: GE, Siemens
EPC: SNC-Lavalin
Quick facts: Goreway went commercial on 11 Jun 2009. It is located on a 20ha site in Brampton and is connected to Hydro One's 230kV transmission system. Ontario Power Authority has a 20yr PPA with the plant. A new underground gas pipeline was built to the station by Enbridge Gas Distribution. Goreway is the largest gas-fired power plant in Canada and cost C$942mn. Sithe Global is 80% owned by Blackstone Group. The plant was delayed for about two years due to financial issues at Global Power Equipment Group.

Photograph courtesy of Ontario Power Authority
Posted 12 Jun 2009

Pearson Airport
Location: ON
Owner: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Configuration: 117-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle plant with LM6000PD gas turbines CHP
Operation: 2005
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Innovative Steam Technologies
T/G supplier: GE, Demag Delaval
EPC: SNC-Lavalin
Quick facts: This is the first plant of its kind in Canada and supplies electricity plus thermal energy for heating and cooling. Pearson Airport’s peak electrical demand is about 38 MW and this is expected to rise to about 70 MW by 2015. Surplus electricity is sold to the grid under a Clean Energy Supply contract between GTAA and Ontario Power Authority. Development began in 1998 and studies began in 2002/03 following provincial deregulation of electricity supply in May 2002. In Jan 2004, the GTAA Board voted to proceed with the construction of the plant and hired SNC-Lavalin as EPC and operations contractor. Construction started in Jul 2004 and the plant went online in Feb 2006.

Photograph courtesy of Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Posted 17 Feb 2007

Location: ON
Operator: Portlands Energy Centre
Configuration: 2 X 285-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle blocks with 7001FA gas turbines
Operation: 2008
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: ??
T/G supplier: GE, Alstom
EPC: SNC Lavalin
Quick facts: The Portlands Energy Centre project was launched in 2002 by a 50:50 partnership of Ontario Power Generation and TransCanada. The site is adjacent to the 1,200-MW Hearn power station in an industrial section of Toronto's Portlands district. Hearn was built in the late 1940s by Ontario Hydro as a coal-fired plant burned coal. It was then converted to burn natural gas and finally switched back to coal for a short time. The station was retired from service in 1983 and is leased by Ontario Power Generation to Studios of America, which plans to convert the facility to a film production complex.

Photograph courtesy of Portlands Energy Centre
Posted 9 Sep 2007

Whitby Mill
Location: ON
Operator: Calpine Corp
Configuration: 1 X 56 MW CHP with Trent 60 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1996
HRSG supplier: Innovative Steam Technologies
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, Brush
EPC: Westinghouse
Quick facts: This was the first Trent 60 in service for power generation outside the UK. The steam host is Atlantic Packaging.  The HRSGs are fired and there are two backup auxiliary boilers

Photograph courtesy of Rolls-Royce
Posted 26 Feb 2005


Location: ON
Operator: TransAlta Cogeneration LP
Configuration: 80-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle with LM6000 gas turbine
Operation: 1996
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Nooter Eriksen
T/G supplier: GE, MHI
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: Steam is sold to an adjacent Daimler Chrysler factory.

Photograph courtesy of Nooter Eriksen
Posted 22 Dec 2004

Abbreviations: CHP = combined heat and power, GE = General Electric, HRSG = heat recovery steam generator, MHI = Mitsubishi Heavy Indsutries, T/G = turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 06/11/09