Construction Underway to Deliver Power From New Power Station Near Swift Current

June 25, 2018

SaskPower has started work on two major transmission line projects with a total investment of approximately $300 million. The first is a 200-kilometre line that will run from east of Moose Jaw to Swift Current. The second is a 44-kilometre line that will run from northwest of Regina to Belle Plaine. These projects will replace the existing line and deliver power from the new 350-megawatt natural gas Chinook Power Station, which is on-track to come online in late 2019.

“These projects are a significant investment toward building the power system that will take our province into the future,” said SaskPower’s Vice-President of Asset Management, Planning and Sustainability, Tim Eckel. “We know demand for power in Saskatchewan will continue to grow. These projects will help us accommodate that growth, increase reliability, and ensure the availability of baseload power as we bring more intermittent generation sources like wind and solar onto the grid.”

Work will be seen from Highway #1, particularly between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, and Highway #2 outside Moose Jaw. There will be around 900 structures between the two projects, each measuring approximately 30 metres in height. People in the area will notice cranes and heavy construction equipment putting up large steel towers and stringing lines—at times by helicopter. Along these routes, drivers can expect traffic delays at times and are encouraged to check saskpower.com to view a map of the route before they set out. The bulk of this construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2019. Some additional work will last until early 2020, but traffic impacts will be minimal.

“At SaskPower nothing comes before the safety of our employees, any contractors we hire and the people in the communities we serve. We ask drivers to stay alert for any signage,” said Eckel. “This is an investment in the future power grid to benefit us all. We thank everyone for being patient and driving safely around all crews and equipment.”

SaskPower invests approximately $1 billion every year to modernize our infrastructure across the province and grow our generation capacity to meet increasing customer demand.

For more information on this project, please visit saskpower.com/our-power-future.

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At a glance...

  • An estimated $300 million will be invested into transmission lines to deliver power from the new $680 million Chinook Power Station
  • Benefits will include the ability to accommodate growing customer demand, increased reliability and support for wind and solar generation
  • Most of this work will be completed by late summer 2019, in time for Chinook to come online

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