Natural gas provides consistent power, even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. This makes it an important part of our plan to add more renewables to the province.
Why we’re doing it
We expect we’ll need another gas plant as early as 2023. This is why we’re starting the process to find a site now.
The facility will likely be around a 350 megawatt (MW) combined cycle plant, the same size as the new Chinook Power Station. However, we’re also studying to see if the sites can support additional generation, making it possible to generate more power if we need it in the future.
Like Chinook, we’re thinking a combined cycle facility would best suit our power needs. Not only does it use efficient technology, it also produces lower emissions than other plants. This would help us move toward our 2030 goal for lower emissions.
Our progress so far
Since 2017, we’ve been working with communities to share information about the project. There were four areas we were considering for the new plant:
We listened to the feedback we got from our first round of consultations. We took the information we got and compared to other factors, like:
- Environmental considerations
- Constructability and access
- The cost
- Connecting to the grid
- Water supply
With this information, we narrowed it down to two locations.
We’ll now complete a detailed study for the following areas:
- Moose Jaw Industrial Park; and
- Belle Plaine.
The study will focus on:
- Specific environmental studies;
- Availability and delivery of water;
- Geo-technical conditions;
- Land surveys;
- Layout designs and access plans.
Studies like these will help us ensure we have as little impact on the environment as possible. Once we’ve done this, we’ll let you know the site we picked and why.
Benefits to local communities
Even though this project’s still in the early stages, it will help support:
- Economic development within Saskatchewan;
- Increase service reliability to customers in the area; and
- The growing need for power.
Keeping you informed
For more information about this project: