Cogeneration is an environmentally-preferred form of power generation as it uses natural gas, a fuel source that emits less than half the greenhouse gas per unit of energy produced than the cleanest available thermal power station.
Cardinal uses a highly reliable Siemens Westinghouse 501 D5 gas turbine to generate electricity, which is sold to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation under a power purchase agreement. The steam and compressed air generated by Cardinal is sold at contracted rates to an Ingredion Canada Incorporated (formerly Casco Inc.) facility, one of the largest corn refining facilities in Canada, located adjacent to the Cardinal plant. In 2012, Cardinal achieved a milestone for its Siemens gas turbine: 150,000 hours of operations. This accomplishment reflects the reliable design of the turbine as well as the positive effect of preventive maintenance.
Cardinal Power is one of the most efficient gas cogeneration facilities in Ontario, with a five-year average availability of 96.7%.
Cardinal Power generates enough electricity every year to power the equivalent of approximately 124,000 households.
In 2012, Cardinal Power achieved its 16th consecutive year without any lost-time injuries, reflecting the facility’s commitment to health and safety.
Cardinal Power provides cost-effective and reliable steam, compressed air and energy to Ingredion Inc., one of Canada’s principal producers and suppliers of high quality food ingredients and industrial products, for use in its manufacturing operations.
Cardinal Power has been the Siemens 501D5 turbine’s world fleet leader in availability every year since the start of commercial operations in 1994.