We’re building a new 360-megawatt (MW) natural gas plant in Moose Jaw's Agri-Food Industrial Park. This new power station has been named Great Plains Power Station. It’ll:
- give us enough power for about 360,000 homes
- be about the same size as Chinook Power Station near Swift Current
- support renewable generation and coal retirements
Why We’re Doing It
A mix of different power sources helps provide reliable power to our customers while keeping rates as low as possible. A natural gas power station provides a steady power source that runs 24/7. It’ll also support renewable energy generation. This will help us get closer to our goal of reducing emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. And then prepare us to make even deeper cuts beyond 2030.
How We're Doing It
We’ve hired Burns & McDonnell to be our Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor. Together, with Burns & McDonnell, we’re committed to exceeding the strong local and Indigenous engagement, procurement and employment efforts achieved when we built the Chinook Power Station. It’s not too late to get involved. Visit Burns & McDonnell project website, PCL project website or Allan Construction website on how to get involved.
SaskPower continues to monitor road conditions near the site. We’ve hired KMS Construction from Tuxford, SK to complete road work near the site this fall.
The City of Moose Jaw is providing water, sewer and drainage connections to our property. Their work will be completed in the fall of 2021.
SaskEnergy’s natural gas transmission subsidiary, TransGas Limited (TransGas) plans to install a 30.6-kilometre transmission gas line and a new meter/regulating station in 2022. EVRAZ will produce the pipe for TransGas in Regina, SK.
SaskPower requires a 10-kilometer 230-kilovolt power line for the project. Power line structures will be fabricated by JNE Welding in Saskatoon, SK. The search for a contractor to build the power line will occur in the fall of 2021. This procurement opportunity will be posted to merx.com.
Check out the latest construction updates.
Minimizing the Impact to You
SaskPower and Burns & McDonnell met with local stakeholders in 2021. See our neighbour outreach package with information on common concerns about construction impacts.
Check out the feedback report from our previous engagement sessions.
We’re continuing to develop our project schedule. Here’s our current plan:
- Break ground – Early 2021
- Piling – Spring/Summer 2021
- Site goes vertical – Spring 2022
- Transmission line energized – Spring 2023
- Power station in-service – Late 2024
Respecting the Local Environment
Both the federal and provincial governments regulate this project. Each government has its own area of responsibility. We have approval to submit permits for this project.
Every power project we do, we follow our best-practice standards. This helps us protect the environment no matter which stage the project is in.
Benefits to Local Communities
We expect up to 500 workers on the site during peak construction times. Our last power station project led to $140 million of work for local and Indigenous businesses and workers. We’re committed to even more local involvement for this project.
In October 2020, Nekaneet First Nation blessed the site of the new power station.
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