Profile: TransAlta Corp (TA_pd.TO)
20 Oct 2016
TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta), incorporated in March 1985, is a non-regulated electricity generation and energy marketing company with an aggregate net ownership interest of approximately 8,730 megawatts of generating capacity. The Company is engaged in the production and sale of electric energy. TransAlta operates in seven segments: Canadian Coal, U.S. Coal, Gas, Wind and Solar, Hydro, Energy Marketing and Corporate. The Canadian Coal, U.S. Coal, Gas, Wind and Solar, and Hydro segments are responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining its electrical generation. The Canadian Coal segment is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Company's related mining operations in Canada. The Energy Marketing segment is responsible for marketing its production through short-term and long-term contracts. The Company operates facilities having approximately 10,208 megawatts of aggregate generating capacity. In addition, it is in the process of constructing an over 150 megawatts combined cycle power station near South Hedland, Western Australia. It is focused on generating and marketing electricity in Canada, the United States and Western Australia through its diversified portfolio of facilities fuelled by coal, natural gas, diesel, hydro, wind and solar.
Canadian Coal Business Segment
The Company's thermal plants are base load plants. The Company's Genesee 3 facility is located approximately 50 kilometers west of Edmonton, Alberta. Coal for the Genesee 3 facility is provided from the adjacent Genesee mine. Its Keephills 1 and 2, and the Sundance facilities are located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Keephills unit 1 and unit 2 have a capacity of approximately 395 megawatts each. The Sheerness facility is located approximately 200 kilometers northeast of Calgary, Alberta. It owns the Highvale mine that supplies coal to the Sundance and Keephills facilities, and perform the mining, reclamation and associated work at the Highvale mine.
Gas Business Segment
The Company has interests in the Fort Saskatchewan facility. The Fort Saskatchewan plant is an approximately 120 megawatts natural gas-fired combined-cycle cogeneration plant. Its Poplar Creek plant is located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Mississauga plant is a combined-cycle cogeneration facility designed to produce approximately 110 megawatts of electrical energy. The Company's Ottawa plant is a combined-cycle cogeneration facility designed to produce over 70 megawatts of electrical energy. The Sarnia plant is an approximately 510 megawatts combined-cycle cogeneration facility that provides steam and electricity to nearby industrial facilities. The Windsor plant is also a combined-cycle cogeneration facility designed to produce over 70 megawatts of electrical energy. The Parkeston plant is an approximately 110 megawatts dual-fuel natural gas and diesel fired power station.
Hydro Business Segment
The Company's Hydro business segment holds an interest in approximately 950 gross megawatts. Its facilities are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Washington State. The Company's Akolkolex facility is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of approximately 10 megawatts located on the Akolkolex River, south of Revelstoke, British Columbia. Pingston is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of over 40 megawatts located on Pingston Creek, southwest of Revelstoke, British Columbia and down river of the Akolkolex facility. The Upper Mamquam facility is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of over 20 megawatts located on the Mamquam River, east of Squamish, British Columbia, and north of Vancouver. The Bone Creek facility is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of approximately 20 megawatts located on Bone Creek, over 90 kilometers south of the town of Valemount, British Columbia.
The Company's Barrier is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of over 10 megawatts located on the Kananaskis River in Seebe, Alberta. Bighorn is a hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of approximately 120 megawatts located in Nordegg, Alberta. The Belly River facility is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of approximately three megawatts located on the Waterton-St. Mary Headworks Irrigation Canal System, east of the Waterton Reservoir, approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Lethbridge in Southern Alberta. Its Ragged Chute is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with installed capacity of approximately seven megawatts located on the Montreal River, south of New Liskeard, in northern Ontario. It owns an approximately one megawatt hydroelectric generating facility on the Skookumchuck River near Centralia, and related assets, which are used to provide water supply to the Company's generation facilities in Centralia.
Wind and Solar Business Segment
The Wind and Solar segment holds interests in approximately 1,540 megawatts of gross wind generating capacity from over 10 wind farms in Western Canada, approximately four in Ontario, approximately two in Quebec, over two in New Brunswick, and approximately two in the United States, specifically in the states of Wyoming and Minnesota. The Company also owns an over 20 megawatts solar facility in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. The Ardenville facility is an approximately 70 megawatts wind farm located approximately eight kilometers south of Fort Macleod, Alberta adjacent to the Macleod Flats wind facility. The Blue Trail facility is an approximately 70 megawatts wind farm located in southern Alberta. The Melancthon II facility is an over 130 megawatts wind project located adjacent to Melancthon I, in Melancthon and Amaranth Townships. The Wolfe Island facility is an approximately 200 megawatts wind project located on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, Ontario.
The Company's Le Nordais is located at two sites: Cap-Chat and Matane with a combined installed capacity of approximately 100 megawatts. Le Nordais is located on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. The Kent Hills facility is an approximately 200 megawatts project located in Kent Hills, New Brunswick. The Wyoming Wind Farm is an over 140 megawatts wind project located near Evanston, Wyoming. The Mass Solar Farm is an over 20 megawatts solar project consisting of multiple facilities located in Massachusetts.
U.S. Coal Business Segment
The Company owns a two-unit approximately 1,340 megawatts thermal facility in Centralia, Washington, located south of Seattle. It sells electricity from the Centralia Thermal plant into the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).
Energy Marketing Segment
The Company's Energy Marketing segment provides a number of strategic functions, including gathering and analyzing market trends to enable strategic planning and decision making; negotiating and entering into contractual agreements with customers for the sale of output from its generation assets, including electricity, steam or other energy-related commodities; negotiating and managing fuel supply arrangements with third parties for its generation assets; the development and execution of its corporate hedging strategy, and the optimization of the asset fleet. The Energy Marketing segment is also engaged in providing fee based asset management services to third parties, and trading electricity and other energy commodities (fuels).
Calgary Alberta T2p 2mi
110 12th Ave SW Station, Stn M
PO Box 1900
CALGARY AB T2P 2M1