Chinook Power Station Will Be SaskPower's Newest Natural Gas Facility
September 15, 2016
Burns & McDonnell Canada selected to design and build
Today, SaskPower is proud to announce that its new natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current will be named Chinook Power Station when it comes online in late 2019.
"Chinook Power Station is going to play a major part in helping SaskPower continue to meet the growing demand for power in Saskatchewan," said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. "Once complete, Chinook will be capable of generating enough power for a city the size of Saskatoon."
The design and construction of the 350 megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant will be managed by Burns & McDonnell Canada, an engineering, procurement and construction firm that was also involved in the 2015 expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon. They were selected as the result of a competitive procurement process.
Next steps include preparing for an environmental assessment, and working to create the best plan to connect Chinook to SaskPower's grid. A vendor information session for businesses that could potentially provide work during construction was held in Swift Current on Sept. 13, and additional sessions are planned for Sept. 20 in Saskatoon and Sept. 21 in Regina. SaskPower will promote opportunities for Saskatchewan businesses, including Aboriginal companies.
The estimated budget to build the Chinook Power Station will be approximately $680 million, and will provide up to 500 jobs during construction. It is expected about 25 workers will be needed to operate the plant once operational.
"We'll be keeping all impacted landowners, potential suppliers and interested customers in the Swift Current area informed along the way as the plans for Chinook move forward," said Marsh.
At a glance...
- New gas-fired power plant near Swift Current officially named Chinook Power Station.
- Burns & McDonnell Canada hired to design and build.
- 350 MW plant expected online in late 2019.