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Wednesday , 22 September 2021
Frog Lake First Nation and Kanata Clean Power Developing Canada’s First Net Zero Power Plant Using Natural Gas. Submitted Image

Indigenous Partnership Catalyst for Energy Transition and Zero Carbon Future

Frog Lake First Nation and Kanata Clean Power & Climate Technologies Corp have formed the Frog Lake – Kanata Power Plant Limited Partnership to develop innovative, Indigenous-led net zero infrastructure in Canada. Frog Lake will be the lead investor and 51 per cent majority owner of the Frog Lake – Kanata LP.

This investment will include development of the first net zero natural gas-powered electricity plant in Canada using NET Power, LLC’s patented technology.

“This announcement demonstrates Indigenous leadership in Canada’s energy transition,”  Frog Lake Chief Greg Desjarlais said in a news release. “We are investing funds Frog Lake First Nation earned with traditional oil and gas development through our wholly-owned energy company. We are now transitioning into the development of infrastructure that will demonstrate our leadership once again, addressing climate change using technology that will help decarbonize Canada’s economy.”

NET Power, LLC’s technology uses natural gas and pure oxygen to generate electricity with zero CO2 emissions. The CO2 is recycled through the combustor, turbine, heat exchanger, and compressor generating power without emissions.

Power plants using this technology are already under development in the US and UK. Frog Lake-Kanata LP will be the first development in Canada to utilize the NET Power, LLC technology. The power plant will generate 300MW of clean electricity 24/7 and produce water for 15,000 households.

“As companies and governments in Canada and around the world race to develop and invest in the infrastructure required to decarbonize the economy, we are very proud to be a part of the  Frog Lake-Kanata LP,” Kanata’s Vice-chair Erin Campbell said. “Being able to bring NET Power, LLC’s innovative technology to Canada will also allow us to use our abundant natural gas supply as part of the net zero solution.”

While the NET Power, LLC technology zero electricity plant will be the first asset developed under the Frog Lake-Kanata LP, the partnership envisions the development of future assets to decarbonize Canada’s energy infrastructure and economy.

NET Power, LLC’s semi-closed loop technology leverages oxygen-combustion to produce emissions-free power.

How The Allam-Fetvedt Cycle Works: 

1. Oxy-combustion is the process of combusting natural gas with pure oxygen (instead of air),  producing pure COand water vapor.

2. The high-pressure COmoves along into the turbine, where it expands and goes into the heat  exchanger. Any water is removed, and the remaining COis compressed and pumped back into  high-pressure.

3. Most of the high-pressure COis reheated in the heat exchanger and returned to the combustor,  where the whole cycle begins again.

4. The excess COthat comes from step #2 is pipeline ready. It’s inherently captured, not released  into the atmosphere.

With over 35 years of experience in energy infrastructure development Kanata Chief Technology Officer Chad Gvozdenovic says, “In addition to helping Canada meet its decarbonization goals, deployment of NET Power, LLC’s technology will have significant economic and environmental benefits and support Alberta’s energy transition.”

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!