SaskPower Investing Millions in Swift Current Area
October 25, 2016
Over $15 million in maintenance work and $965 million worth of major projects are in the works for the Swift Current, Assiniboia, Maple Creek, Shaunavon and surrounding areas as part of SaskPower's efforts to keep up with growing demand, meet environmental commitments and renew an aging power grid.
"SaskPower is facing an ongoing power challenge," says Tim Eckel, Vice President of Transmission Services. "As the demand for power continues to grow, we not only need to build the grid, but we need to maintain our existing assets, including our power lines, stations and power plants. We're investing approximately $1 billion dollars annually throughout Saskatchewan to make sure homes, farms and businesses have the power they need, when they need it."
Eckel noted forecasted SaskPower activity for the Swift Current region over the next few years is high due to increased customer demands and future generation plans.
So far in 2016, residential and commercial customers in the area have made over 1,100 new connection or reconstruction requests. Maintenance work in the region, worth over $15 million, includes upgrades to stations that deliver power to customers, upgrades to electrical devices that protect the system's power lines, inspection/repairs on aging wood poles and relocating/upgrading overhead power lines out of the middle of farmers' fields.
Construction on five major projects, worth over $965 million total, in the area is also scheduled to begin throughout 2017. These include the Chinook Power Station, a $680 million combined cycle natural gas power generating facility, and a 200 km high voltage (230 kV) transmission line worth $260 million. Additional work includes changes to an existing high voltage (230 kV) transmission line and a system connection power line for Chinook Power Station, each worth $10 million and a new station with high voltage connection lines worth over $5 million.
Eckel noted that in order to safely complete ongoing system improvements, planned outages are required. Customers will be notified in advance. Planned power outages are listed on saskpower.com and on Twitter@SaskPower. #PowerToGrow
At a glance...
- Over $15 million has been allocated to the region in 2016 as part of SaskPower's $1 billion investment in the province's electrical system.
- Over the next four years, at least $965 million worth of work will be constructed in the Swift Current region.
- Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34 per cent of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan.
- This year, 42 per cent of your SaskPower bill will go toward electrical infrastructure.