A team effort
We collaborated with 64 companies and needed around 1.8 million person-hours of work to get the job done. Building the I1K line was a monumental task that required collaboration with people from Pinehouse, Brabant Lake, Sandy Bay, La Ronge and the communities of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.
Camps were set up in Lindsay Lake, Key Lake and Island Falls to house the workers with a broad range of skills: tree clearing, construction and fabrication, inspections, safety and environmental reclamation and monitoring, engineering design, contract management, maintenance and fleet control as well as camp services like kitchen, laundry, security and housekeeping.
Over 500 people from the North were employed on this project, directly impacting a whole generation of Northern people by empowering them with valuable skills, training and experience.
The final chapter, new beginnings
Though this chapter may have ended, our commitment to provide reliable, affordable and clean power to all of our customers, not just in the north, is stronger than ever.
In the coming years, new power stations such as the recently announced natural gas plant in Swift Current will rise on the Saskatchewan landscape. To get to our goal of 50% renewable power by 2030, we’ll need to invest in technology like wind, solar and hydro.
More than sixty years since the Rural Electrification Act challenged us to provide electricity to every farm in the province, our mission hasn’t changed. We’re still striving to deliver better service to all of our customers, even the ones that might not be so easy to reach.