We’re building a 350 megawatt (MW) combined cycle natural gas facility in Swift Current, which will generate enough electricity to power 350,000 homes. Combined cycle gas turbine technology is proven and highly efficient, while offering strong greenhouse gas emissions performance among thermal facilities. We expect the station to be in service by October 2019.
Why we’re doing it
Building this power station will help us meet the growing demand for power in Saskatchewan. It will support the integration of intermittent renewable generation (wind and solar), and will provide replacement power for the retirement and/or refurbishment of conventional coal-fired generating units.
Our progress so far
The procurement, design and construction of the facility is being managed by Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, procurement and construction firm that was also involved in the 2015 expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon. The company was selected as the result of a competitive procurement process in 2015.
Learn more about our construction progress and see photos of the work being done.
Minimizing the impact to you
We don’t expect any significant impact to customers, such as long-term traffic restrictions or outages. Customers may experience heavier traffic in the area as workers access the construction site.
Respecting the local environment
The Chinook Power Station Project was reviewed by the provincial and federal governments and cleared all necessary environmental approvals. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment-Environmental Assessment and Stewardship Branch (MOE) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) performed environmental screening of the project.
More benefits to your community
Building the facility will create jobs — up to 500 during the construction process with an estimated 24 workers to run the facility going forward. Adding new infrastructure should also result in improved power reliability in the Swift Current area.
Learn more about business opportunities.
Keeping you informed
SaskPower’s public engagement process includes meetings with local municipalities and stakeholders. On Oct. 13, 2016, we held an open house at the Cantuar Community Hall to share our plans for development of the power station.
Learn more about natural gas and how it will help us power the future.