Sheerness power station

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} Sheerness power station is a 780-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Alberta, Canada. The plant is co-owned by TransAlta and ATCO Power.

In May 2017 ATCO announced it planned to transition the power plant to burn natural gas by 2020, saying it would save money.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the Sheerness power station, located 200 kilometers northeast of Calgary near Hanna, Alberta.

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The power plant’s two generating units produce 5.5 million megawatt-hours of energy annually. Each unit consists of one boiler, a turbine and a generator.

The Sheerness cooling pond, which is filled from the Red Deer River, which is also the main source of water for the town of Hanna and surrounding communities, irrigation water for farmers, and a recreation area.

Sheerness is fueled by coal from the nearby Sheerness coal mine.[2]

In February 2019 ATCO applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission to convert the plant to run on gas by 2020.[3]

TransAlta pays for pro-coal research by University of Alberta

In July 2018 it was reported that TransAlta paid the University of Alberta $54,000 in 2015 to hand-pick a professor to generate pro-coal research and talking points to be used in lobbying government officials.[4]

Plant Data

  • Owner: TransAlta Centralia Generation LLC
  • Parent Company: TransAlta
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 780 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 780 MW (1986)
  • Location: Hanna, AB
  • GPS Coordinates: 51.442222, -111.792222 (exact)
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