B&A Supports TC Energy in First-Of-Its-Kind Waste Heat-To-Power Facility

Long-time B&A client TC Energy (TC) has partnered with Siemens Energy, one of the world’s leading energy technology companies, to build a first-of-its-kind waste heat-to-power facility at TC’s existing Acme compressor station just west of Bieseker in Rocky View County, Alberta. The pilot installation will convert waste heat from a gas turbine into emissions-free power using supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) – resulting in an estimated reduction in 44,000 tons per year in greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking more than 9,000 vehicles off the road.

A rendering of the future TC / Siemens Energy first-of-its-kind waste heat-to-power facility.

The pilot project, supported by $8 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) Industrial Efficiency Challenge, captures waste heat emitted by this compressor station’s operation and converting it into enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes. To support the project, B&A was retained by TC in 2019 to coordinate and achieve the necessary municipal approvals through Rocky View County on behalf of TC and Siemens.  

“B&A is proud to have worked with TC Energy and Rocky View County to obtain the required Development Permit approval from the County for this innovative, first-of-its-kind facility; supporting environmentally-conscious decarbonization in the oil and gas industry,” says Daniel MacGregor, Senior Planner with B&A. “It’s great to see industry leaders developing this type of technology, continuing to diversify energy services throughout North America and the world. We are excited to see this technology and the potential for replication on other compressor stations across Canada.”

Leveraging its leading planning expertise, B&A worked with the County and TC to confirm and obtain the necessary application information, submit and manage the Development Permit (DP) application, and provide clarity, answer questions, and resolve items that arose through this process; the DP approval was obtained in March 2020, and B&A continues to work with TC to address the County’s prior to issuance conditions.

TC’s existing Acme compressor station just west of Bieseker in Rocky View County, Alberta.

This project builds upon B&A’s long-standing and expanding work in the energy industry, supporting industry leaders through customized planning approaches and solutions to support the specific planning and municipal approval needs of the energy sector. B&A’s extensive experience working on complex projects requiring inter-jurisdictional coordination to facilitate efficient application processing and win-win solutions is evident in this project’s approval.

B&A Energy – B&A’s energy-focused service area – continues to grow its customized service offerings for the energy sector, while expanding its flagship integrated land use management and development monitoring program, increasing early awareness and stakeholder collaboration between pipeline operators, landowners, municipalities, and developers.

Read more about TC and Siemens Energy’s partnership here.