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Southern Acquires Controlling Interest in 32-MW Solar PV Project in California

LCG, April 17, 2015--Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32-MW Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. The remaining interest in the project will be owned by an affiliate of First Solar. Construction of the project began one year ago and is expected to be completed this quarter. First Solar will operate and maintain the facility, which is located in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley.

Western Energy Partners Announces Plan to Proceed with the 750-MW Clean Path Energy Center

LCG, April 10, 2015-Western Energy Partners, LLC announced earlier this week its plan to develop, permit, construct and operate the Clean Path Energy Center in New Mexico. The energy center will include both a 680-MW natural gas-fired facility and a 70-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2019. SNC-Lavalin Inc. will serve as the Engineering, Construction and Procurement (EPC) contractor for the gas-fired, combined cycle power block and support project development. ?The Clean Path Energy Center is ideally located to take full advantage of the robust natural gas and electrical infrastructure in San Juan County. This uniquely configured project will feature unprecedented operating efficiencies, exceptionally fast ramping rates and will establish new standards for environmental stewardship. Further, the Clean Path Energy Center is ideally positioned to meet the future electrical needs of consumers in a highly economic and sustainable manner for many years to come,? said the president of Western Energy Partners.

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SaskPower Receives Approval for Carbon Capture Project

LCG, April 28, 2011--The Government of Saskatchewan approved construction of the C$1.24 billion Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Demonstration Project, which is expected to capture approximately one million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide (CO2). Construction is scheduled to commence shortly, with operations to begin in 2014.

Rob Norris, minister responsible for SaskPower, stated, "This project will forge an environmentally sustainable path for the production of coal-fired electricity in Saskatchewan. By proceeding with the carbon capture project at Boundary Dam, while continuing to add wind power and investigating other renewable energy options such as biomass, SaskPower is helping to build a greener future for Saskatchewan."

The existing Boundary Dam Power Station, located near Estevan, is SaskPower's largest power generating facility and includes six, coal-fired units, with a total plant generating capacity of 824 MW. Unit 3 will be rebuilt to incorporate a carbon capture process that will reduce capacity from about 139 MW to 110 MW, given expected energy loads for the carbon capture process. Cansolv, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Global Solutions, will supply the carbon capture process, and Hitachi will supply the steam turbine.

SaskPower is pursuing the sale of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects, and captured sulphur dioxide may be sold for use in the manufacture of sulfuric acid.

The Boundary Dam Integrated CCS Demonstration Project has received C$240 million from the federal government, of which about C$180 million has been spent.



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