Four Companies Qualify to Bid on Power Plant in Southwestern GTA

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Four companies have qualified to bid to build a
gas-fuelled power plant of about 850 megawatts in the southwestern Greater
Toronto Area.
    The Ontario Power Authority selected the four companies (listed below)
based on their project experience, technical expertise and financial
    These companies are now eligible to compete in a comprehensive,
independently evaluated Request for Proposal (RFP) process set to begin this
February. RFP submissions are expected in late May 2009. A single proponent
will be chosen by late June.
    The new power plant, to be in-service by the end of 2013, will help
ensure a reliable, adequate and secure electricity supply in one of the
fastest-growing regions of the province.
    The plant will support the province's drive to reduce the greenhouse
gases linked to climate change by eliminating coal-fired generation and
replacing it with cleaner forms of electricity. Gas-fired generation will also
complement the growth of renewable sources of electricity, by supplying
on-demand power at times when more variable sources such as wind and solar
aren't available.
    The plant will be built in southeast Oakville, southern Mississauga or
southwest Etobicoke. The final location will not be determined until late
June, when the RFP results are announced.
    Building a project of this nature requires many specialized and general
construction trades and services. Hundreds of people will be needed during
construction, which can last from two to three years. Once the facility is
operating, there would likely be 20 to 40 full-time management, operations,
and maintenance staff.
    For additional background information on the procurement process, visit
the OPA website (<a href=""></a>) under Generation Procurement:
Southwestern Greater Toronto Area ("Southwestern GTA").

    The qualified companies eligible to participate in the RFP are:

    Invenergy Canada Development Partnership
      Contact: Dan Thompson   312-224-1435

    Northland Power Inc.
      Contact: Sam Mantenuto  416-962-6262 ext. 117

    Portlands Energy Center L.P.
      Contact: Rebecca McElhoes  866-317-9887

    Sithe Global Power Southdown ULC
      Contact: Duane Cramer   416-987-1147

    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: (416) 969-6307; OPA Media Relations:

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