When Tervita, a leading Canadian provider of environmental, waste management and energy services approached Finning in 2020 for power generation for one of its clients, they already had a sustainable solution in mind. “Tervita was looking for a temporary electric power solution for the Kakwa Power Project, a new gas processing facility just south of Grande Prairie, Alberta,” said Ryan Leslie, power sales rep for Finning Canada. “They wanted to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and keep costs down, so they were looking to use compressed natural gas (CNG) versus diesel to fuel their generators. It burns cleaner, is more cost effective, and you have no risks of a spill as it is a gas versus a liquid.”
Kevin Oriold, Lead of Supply Chain Management for Tervita, was in charge of finding a solution for the Kakwa Power Project start-up operations before a permanent power solution was in place. According to Kevin, “Our company is always looking for ways to deliver services that are environmentally-responsible. We identified the bi-fuel (CNG) generation as a possible replacement for more traditional fuel options because of its cleaner, lower emission profile.” CNG is a proven power source for its reliability, scalability, and lower service costs, and the use of Finning’s natural gas generators met both Tervita’s operating and procurement standards and their goal of providing smaller to zero carbon services.
Tervita partners with companies that share their commitment to continuous improvement and offering innovative solutions to clients. “Personally, I have always found Finning to be a solution-driven service provider that delivers efficient, timely, and cost-effective solutions,” says Oriold. “Based on past experience, I believed Finning would help us find the best solution for the type of generation and the power required.”
Finning provided Tervita with a temporary power solution which included two Cat XQ1475G natural gas engines and electrical distribution gear in addition to remote access monitoring capabilities. Customers can use remote access monitoring to log in and see real-time data and monitor loads and fault codes on the equipment 24/7. “You can also set up the system to be pinged or receive a text message to be notified of an alarm or fault code so you can deal with issues immediately to avoid failures and downtime,” says Ryan.