Bow City power station

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Bow City power station is a cancelled power station in Brooks, Alberta, Canada.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Bow City power station Brooks, Alberta, Canada 50.564167, -111.898889 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 2 cancelled coal - subbituminous 500 supercritical
Unit 1 cancelled coal - subbituminous 500 supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 2 Bow City Power [100.0%]
Unit 1 Bow City Power [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): domestic


  • Source of financing: Kensington Capital Partners Limited


The Government of Canada's Major Project Management Office states that "Bow City Power Ltd.'s project is a coal-fired electricity generation proposal located near the town of Brooks in southern Alberta. The proposal consists of a 4.1 million-tonne-per-year surface coal mine, two 500 MW supercritical, coal-fired generating units, coal- handling and processing facilities, and an associated carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) system."[1][2]

The first 500 MW generating unit in-service was planned for 2017, and the second 500 MW unit "as soon as economically and operationally feasible."[3] CCS is planned for operation in 2019. The project proposes to capture approximately 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.[1]

According to the MIT CCS website (May 2016), Bow City has been placed "On Hold" as "it will probably not occur under the current financial and economic conditions." The estimated cost of the project is US$3.02 billion.[4]

As of December 2018 there had been no further progress and the plant appears to have been cancelled.


Bow City Power, a company held by individual shareholders and Carbon Development Partnership, which in turn is a partnership between Sherritt International Corporation and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.[1] Sponsors also include Cansolv (a subsidiary of Shell), Luscar, and Fluor.[3]

Coal source

Luscar would develop surface coal mines adjacent to the power plant to supply coal.[3]


Nearby opposition in Alberta to coal plant proposals from environmental groups, such as the Pembina Institute and Ecojustice, deterred the construction of Bow City power project.[5]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Bow City Power Project," Global CCS Institute, accessed December 2014
  2. Major Project Management Office, "Bow City Power station", Government of Canada, accessed July 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Bow City Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project," CCS Tech, accessed Feb 2015
  4. "Bow City Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project," CCS Tech, accessed May 2016
  5. "Alberta OK's coal power plant, angering eco groups", CBC News, 11 Aug. 2011

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