The Balzac Power Station is capable of producing up to 120 megawatts.
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The Balzac Power Station is a natural gas-fired combined cycle, power generation facility capable of producing up to 120 megawatts (MW) – approximately enough to power 100,000 residential homes. The station was commissioned in 2001 and is a 50/50 joint venture between Nexen and Encana. It is operated and maintained by Nexen, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Balzac Power Station was constructed on the existing Balzac gas plant site to maximize the availability of feedstock for the gas turbines. Since the closure of the Balzac gas plant, the power station obtains gas feedstock from a third-party pipeline, which runs adjacent to the station.
The station consists of two combustion turbines/generators (47.5MWs each) and one condensing steam turbine/generator (25MW). Waste heat from the two combustion turbines is converted to steam in the combined cycle operation.