Suncor Energy has placed an order with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems for two M501JAC advanced class gas turbines and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) for a future cogeneration facility at the Suncor’s Oil Sands Base Plant facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
The new technology will replace three aging coke-fired boilers to provide steam generation required for Suncor’s extraction and upgrading operations for bitumen recovery. The cogeneration units are expected to result in a significant reduction in atmospheric emissions, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In simple cycle mode on its own, each air-cooled MHPS M501JAC genset is rated at 425,000kW net baseload output and 7775 Btu/kWh heat rate (44% efficiency), with a 25 to 1 compressor pressure ratio, 1626 lb/sec mass flow and 1201°F exhaust temperature.
Along with improving the reliability of existing steam generation used for production processes, this new technology is site-rated to produce up to 800MW of low-carbon baseload power for transmission to the Alberta electrical grid.
Besides the M501JAC gas turbines, MHPS will provide its TOMONI digital power monitoring and diagnostics technology that will enable MHPS and Suncor to optimize performance, operation and maintenance, ultimately leading to increased reliability.