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TransAlta’s Saranac plant is a 240-MW natural gas-fired cogeneration project located in Plattsburgh, New York.
The Saranac facility uses natural gas as its fuel source. An air-cooled condenser and water recycling program help further minimize the use of natural resources. The facility has two General Electric gas turbine generators and one General Electric steam turbine generator.
Saranac has an agreement to sell electricity to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and steam to Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Tenneco Packaging, Inc. The project also sells natural gas transportation to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation through its wholly owned North Country Gas Pipeline. Saranac is strategically connected, via the North Country Gas Pipeline, to TransCanada's gas transportation network, providing access to some of the most inexpensive natural gas available in North America.
TransAlta holds a 50 per cent interest in U.S. electricity generation company CE Generation LLC, which includes the Saranac plant. MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company owns the other 50 per cent. MidAmerican is the plant operator.