5 Questions with Yan Wang on the New Chinook Power Station's Grand Opening
December 06, 2019
After almost 3 years of construction, the new Chinook Power Station’s powered up! We sat down with Yan Wang, Chinook Project Manager, to find out more about this project and what it means for you.
- This $605M project was an investment in our power grid.
- It’ll help support renewables, like wind or solar as we add more options to our supply mix.
- Chinook is the right fit to allow us to add more renewable resources into our system. This will help us produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
How does the Chinook Power Station opening affect me as a customer?
The new Chinook Power Station’s another way that we can provide the reliable power you expect. This new power station will create enough power for 350,000 residential customers.
This $605M project was an investment in our power grid. It’ll help support renewables, like wind or solar as we add more options to our supply mix.
Why did SaskPower decide to build Chinook?
There’s a growing need for power.
Our goal is to increase the amount of renewable power in our supply mix. But when the wind doesn’t blow, or the sun doesn’t shine, we need reliable baseload power to get us through.
As we move towards 2030, renewables will play a big part of powering Saskatchewan’s future. Chinook is the right fit to allow us to add more renewable resources into our system. This will help us produce less greenhouse gas emission.
What was the most challenging part of building a large project like this?
It took over 2 million on-site labour hours to build Chinook in a safe manner. That’s a huge amount of effort, with lots moving pieces.
All it takes is a string of bad weather or a major equipment delay to make a big impact on the overall project schedule and budget. We made sure we were managing risks like this all the time. This was to maintain safety, quality and keep the project on track. Planning and adjusting were key.
What are you most proud of with this project?
Safety. We only had 1 lost time injury with over 2 million labour hours. The safety performance was outstanding for a massive project like this. This goes to show SaskPower's commitment to safety is above anything else.
Keeping costs low for our customers is a priority for us. I’m very proud to say we achieved major cost savings on this project. Chinook Power Station project came in at $75 million under budget.
We achieved this because we created a solid plan throughout all project phases. By identifying, assessing and reacting all project risks, we were able to lower the impacts. This allowed us to save money.
Will SaskPower ever build another power station of this size again?
Yes! It’s not everyday that we build a new power station. But we’ll be building another one soon!
The Moose Jaw Natural Gas Plant is being built in Moose Jaw Industrial Park. Like Chinook, it’ll help us provide baseload power as we add more renewables to our supply mix. We expect this power station to come online in 2024.