MRO Magazine

Suncor Energy to exchange select wind power facilities for TransAlta cogeneration facilities


July 8, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Calgary, AB – Suncor Energy has reached an agreement with TransAlta Corporation to exchange Suncor’s Kent Breeze and its share of the Wintering Hills wind power facilities for TransAlta’s Poplar Creek cogeneration facilities. The Poplar Creek facilities provide steam and power for Suncor’s Oil Sands Base site in Fort McMurray, AB.

As part of the agreement, Suncor will acquire two steam turbine generators, transmission and distribution infrastructure, including the interconnection to the Alberta power grid, and the balance of plant assets at the 376-MW Poplar Creek cogeneration facility.

Additionally, under a contract with TransAlta until 2030, Suncor will assume operating control of two gas turbine generators and heat recovery steam generators at Poplar Creek. Following 2030, ownership of the gas turbine generators and heat recovery steam generators will transfer to Suncor.

The acquisition of the Poplar Creek cogeneration facilities is consistent with Suncor’s strategy of integrating related assets with its base operations to enhance reliability and efficiency.


TransAlta will acquire the 20-MW Kent Breeze wind power facility located near Thamesville, ON, as well as Suncor’s 51% interest in the 88-MW Wintering Hills wind power facility located near Drumheller, AB.

Once the transaction has closed, Suncor’s renewable energy portfolio will include five operational wind power projects, one project in development, and Canada’s largest ethanol production facility.

The transaction will be subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval under the Competition Act. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.