Four firms register to submit bids to build new gas power plant in southwestern GTA



    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - Four firms are eligible to bid on a new natural
gas power plant to serve the electricity needs of the rapidly growing
southwestern GTA area.
    The registration process is the latest step in a competitive bid process
to select a company to build and operate a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired
power plant of about 850 megawatts by Dec. 31, 2013. The registered firms have
until July 8, 2009 to submit a proposal to the Ontario Power Authority, which
is overseeing the procurement process. The winning bidder is expected to be
named in August.
    The plant will be located in Mississauga or Oakville. It will provide
rapid, on-demand power in an area where the OPA predicts that the ability of
the existing infrastructure to supply area needs will fall short by 2015,
despite aggressive conservation measures and increased renewable energy
sources. Generating power locally ensures a secure and dependable supply.
    The plant will also support the province's phase out of coal-fired
generation - the single largest source of air pollution in Ontario - by the
end 2014. As well, it will complement an increase in renewable energy because
of its ability to respond quickly when variable sources like wind or solar
power are not available.
    The four applicants became eligible to register after succeeding in an
earlier request for qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ process identified companies
with the financial resources, technical expertise and track record necessary
to build the new plant.
    The following projects (listed alphabetically by participant) registered
to continue in the bid process:

    
    Registered Participant         Facility Name         Site Location
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    Invenergy Canada Development   Avon Energy Centre    445 Hazelhurst Road,
     Partnership                                         Mississauga
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    Northland Power Inc.           Royal Windsor         2400 + 2430 Royal
                                   Energy Centre         Windsor Drive,
                                                         Mississauga
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    Portlands Energy Centre L.P.   Oakville Generating   1500 Royal Windsor
                                   Station               Drive, Oakville
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    Southdown Station Partnership  Southdown Station     759 - 797 Winston
     (a partnership of Sithe       or                    Churchill Boulevard,
     Global Power Southdown ULC    Southdown Station -   Mississauga
     and Sithe Global Power        Facility B
     Southdown II ULC)
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    At the conclusion of the procurement process, one applicant will be
selected to contract with the OPA and build one project in the southwest GTA.
    The applicants will be required to meet all applicable zoning rules and
environmental regulations before the project can be built.
    Media and the public can use the following contacts for the registered
participants to get more information on the projects:

    
    Registered          Phone            E-mail              Website
    Participant
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    Invenergy Canada 1-877-686-5301  Avon@               www.public-
     Development                     invenergyllc.com    participation.ca/
     Partnership                                          INVENERGY.htm
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    Northland Power  416-962-6262    royalwindsor@   www.northlandpower.ca
     Inc.              ext. 117      northlandpower.com
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    Portlands Energy                 oakville@       www.transcanada.com/
     Center L.P.     1-866-317-9887  transcanada.com          oakville
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    Southdown
     Station         416-987-1147    info@southdown-   www.southdown-
     Partnership, a       or           station.com        station.com
     partnership of  1-866-987-5436
     Sithe Global
     Power Southdown
     ULC and
     Sithe Global Power
     Southdown II ULC
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    The OPA is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of
electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: Planning the power
system for the long term, leading and co-ordinating conservation initiatives
across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources and
supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.




For further information:

For further information: Ontario Power Authority, (416) 969-6307

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