Matrix North American Construction, a Chicago-based contractor specialising in industrial projects, has been awarded a contract to build a 900MW combined cycle gas-fuelled power plant in the Canadian province of Ontario.Â
The Napanee Generating Station (pictured) is intended to ensure greater reliability for Ontario’s consumers by replacing ageing coal and nuclear plants and providing a source of on-demand power to back up wind and solar resources.Â
The facility, which will be owned by TransCanada Energy, will be located next to the 2.1GW Lennox Generating Station, Canada’s largest oil and gas fuelled power plant, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Here, the plant will be able to share services with Lennox, including electrical and natural gas connections, and water intake and discharge facilities.Â
TransCanada is a subsidiary of energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corporation. William Taylor, president of energy for TransCanada, said: "The facility will be a critical piece of Ontario’s power system, with the capacity to supply enough power for approximately 900,000 homes.Â
"Selecting our general contractor is an important milestone for this project and we look forward to working with Matrix throughout the construction of the facility."Â
Construction is to begin this month and be finished in 2018.