Whitehorse Diesel-LNG Conversion
While the Yukon draws the bulk of its energy from renewable hydroelectric and wind power, the territory’s electrical grid required a backup source of power to meet consumer needs.
KGS worked with Yukon Energy to update the existing diesel system. A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled backup power generating station and associated infrastructure was constructed adjacent to Yukon Energy’s existing primary power generating station in Whitehorse, Yukon. Commissioned in 2015, the project site includes two modular LNG fueled reciprocating generators intended to replace Yukon Energy’s aging diesel generating equipment and to provide flexible and reliable backup power to supplement Yukon’s other power sources.
KGS provided geotechnical, civil, environmental, structural, mechanical, electrical & instrumentation, and GIS services for this project, the first of its kind in the Yukon. LNG had not been stored or used as a fuel for electrical power generation in the territory before. It also provides benefits to residents of the Yukon in the form of significant long-term savings to ratepayers, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions.