Competitive, Reliable Power For Our Customers

Natural gas is a clean, reliable, efficient source of energy.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is a clean, reliable, efficient source of energy. TransAlta has six gas fired plants in Canada and three in Australia. The majority of our natural gas fired plants in Canada are cogeneration facilities.

Cogeneration

Natural gas fired cogeneration facilities are the most efficient means of generating electricity. They allow us to take one fuel source and double the amount of power and thermal energy we can produce. We use the heat otherwise discarded from conventional power generation to produce additional electrical and thermal energy. With cogeneration, we are increasing fuel efficiency, reducing energy costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Customers

The power and steam from these gas fired cogeneration plants is provided to customers that range from petrochemical and automotive manufacturers to hospitals to local electricity utilities. These customers choose TransAlta because we provide competitive pricing, flexible
solutions — and most of all — we are reliable.
“We want to provide custom solutions like behind the fence energy, allowing us to reduce electricity transmission costs for customers, giving them a reliable and affordable choice for their power and steam needs.” – Gary Woods, managing director, Gas & Renewables
Service interruptions can impact our customers business, and we have a proven track record in making sure our energy is consistently available.

Competitive Advantage

We have been doing this for a long time and have achieved top performance in areas like safety, reliability, plant efficiency and cost competitiveness. We’ve developed our strengths and we continue to drive improvements in our processes and equipment while reducing our costs — savings we can pass on to our customers.

Facilities

Fortescue River Gas Pipeline
Location: Pilbara region, WA
Country: Australia
MW: —
Ownership: 43%
Revenue: Gas Transportation Agreement
Operator: No
On-Stream: 2015

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Fort Saskatchewan
Location: Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Country: Canada
MW: 118
Ownership: 30%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1999

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Mississauga
Location: Mississauga, ON
Country: Canada
MW: 108
Ownership: 50%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1992

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Ottawa
Location: Ottawa, ON
Country: Canada
MW: 74
Ownership: 50%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1992

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Parkeston
Location: Kalgoorlie, WA
Country: Australia
MW: 110
Ownership: 50%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1996

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Poplar Creek
Location: Fort McMurray, AB
Country: Canada
MW: 244
Ownership: 100%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: No
On-Stream: 2001

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Sarnia
Location: Sarnia, ON
Country: Canada
MW: 506
Ownership: 100%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 2003

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Solomon
Location: Pilbara region, WA
Country: Australia
MW: 125
Ownership: 100%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 2015

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Southern Cross
Location: Kalgoorlie and region, WA
Country: Australia
MW: 245
Ownership: 100%
Revenue: LTC
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1996

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Windsor
Location: Windsor, ON
Country: Canada
MW: 72
Ownership: 50%
Revenue: LTC/Merchant
Operator: Yes
On-Stream: 1996

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“It’s important for our customers to know that we’re a safe, dependable and cost effective provider,” says Gary Woods, managing director, Gas & Renewables as he talks TransAlta’s Gas operations in this video.

Message from Gary Woods, managing director, Gas & Renewables

How does natural gas generate electricity?
See how in a video made for our Sun 7, 800 MW gas generation project, which is slated for completion by the end of 2022.

Map of Operations