In 2014, Patching Associates was retained by the City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility to conduct a Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) for the proposed LM6000 Turbine Generator facility. The project was awarded in June 2014 and the final report was submitted in September 2014.
The objectives of the study were:
To achieve the project goals, a detailed NIA was required. Patching Associates referenced noise emission data for the proposed LM6000 unit from General Electric (GE), field measurement data previously completed by Patching Associates in June 2013 for the existing nearby facilities, and data obtained from the AUC Application for another Wind Turbine project.
Patching Associates had previously measured sound power levels in June 2013 from a similar transformer located at the North Industrial Substation. These measurements were utilized and calibrated to meet the target noise levels specified in the Test Report provided by the supplier for the proposed Station Service Transformer.
By utilizing field data and manufacturer’s data as much as possible in the NIA, conservative assumptions were minimized, thereby improving the model accuracy.
In order to complete a cumulative effects assessment of the noise impacts, Patching Associates modeled all existing facilities in the study area that would be operating at the same time as the proposed Power Plant.
It was determined that the predicted cumulative sound level from the normal operation of the proposed LM6000 Turbine Generator Power Plant, in combination with all other existing facilities in the study area met the AUC Permissible Sound Level of 40 dBA Leq nighttime at the most impacted receiver. The predicted sound levels also met the City of Medicine Hat Bylaw 1926 requirements.
Patching Associates minimized modeling assumptions and conservation by analyzing multiple data sources, including past and current field measurements, and manufacturer data. This approach resulted in an accurate model that achieved the project objectives.
Our power generation project was approved, in part, due to the very professional noise impact study from Patching Associates that we in turn could provide to the regulator
Superintendent Business Services Power Generation
City of Medicine Hat