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TransAlta owns and operates the $315 million Poplar Creek cogeneration facility at Suncor's oil sands site near Fort McMurray. Any surplus power not used by Suncor is available for sale directly to the Alberta power grid.
The cogeneration facility, which generates 356 megawatts of electricity, has provided steam and power for Suncor Energy's oil sands operations since 2001.
The environmental benefits of this project further the sustainable development goals of both Suncor and TransAlta. Since the project uses waste heat from electrical production to produce steam, it is 45 per cent more efficient than conventional utility plants. Through its high efficiency, the cogeneration facility will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.