This spring, we celebrated our first 1,000 days as a publicly-traded company, and we’re sharing our story.
Watch the third video in our four-part video series: Operational Excellence
Transcript from video:
(Brian Vaasjo, President & CEO): One of the very significant business developments for Capital Power over the last 1,000 days has been the completion and utilization of our Clover Bar Energy Centre. What is really unique are the LMS-100s, which are basically jet engines on the ground. They have the capability of going from zero to 100 megawatts in less than ten minutes each. They are the only units that exist in Canada and were among the first world-wide.
One of our successes in 2011 was our Campbell River facility, which we had just acquired at the end of 2010. It had an availability of 100% through the year. Our Genesee 2 facility had availability of 100% through 2011, which is virtually unheard of in terms of a coal facility on a world wide basis.
The Keephills 3 is world class coal facility - one of the lowest emissions power plants in North America. It ended in its last year of construction with no safety incidents, no loss time accidents and that just topped off what was a tremendous safety record that was effectively second to none in the province of Alberta.
One of our facilities, the Tiverton plant, has reached the milestone of ten years without a safety incident, which is a tremendous record.
(Tricia Keegan, Plant Manager, Tiverton): I see a big shift and focus on safety from the top down and that can only improve things at the site levels, because people do care about their safety and the safety of their coworkers. We want to be able to come home from work the way we arrived and be able to support our families.
Clover Bar Energy Centre
Clover Bar uses high efficiency natural gas turbines that can power up from standstill to full load in under 15 minutes, making it an important addition to Capital Power's fleet as a peaking facility. A peaking facility does not operate constantly, but is kept in reserve and activated when needed, such as when demand peaks in particularly cold or hot months, or if another facility goes off line.
Island Generation - Campbell River facility
"The Island Generation facility represented an important milestone in Capital Power's growth strategy as it was the first addition to our fleet via acquisition. It demonstrated our commitment to significant growth under strategies encompassing both diversity of fuel types and conservative financial structure" - Brian Vaasjo, President & CEO
Island Generation achieved 100% availability in 2011.
Strong construction competencies
After four-and-a-half years of construction, Keephills 3, a joint venture between Capital Power and TransAlta, was commissioned in November 2011. Built by Capital Power, Keephills 3 had an excellent construction safety record – zero lost-time incidents in the last 3.2 million person hours, and is an excellent asset with state-of-the-art technology.
Tiverton facility - safety milestone
In February 2012, Capital Power's natural gas facility in Tiverton, Rhode Island, reached a significant safety milestone of 10 years without a recordable safety incident. "Capital Power is committed to a culture of zero injury and occupational illness, and Tiverton is a shining example of the safety culture that we seek throughout our operations." - Todd Gilchrist, vice president of environment, health, and safety at Capital Power
Read the original article from the Tiverton-Little Compton Patch