Canadian utility adding 205 MW to gas-fired power plant

Construction of a C$514m expansion project began Sept. 30 at SaskPower’s Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon that will add about 205 MW of capacity, enough to power an additional 205,000 homes.

“The expansion project at Queen Elizabeth is another example of how SaskPower is investing in the province’s future,” said SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson. “This is part of our long term plan to renew and rebuild our electrical system so that we can meet Saskatchewan’s needs today and in the years ahead.”

The project will see the “D” Plant at the gas-fired facility converted from simple cycle to combined cycle. Combined cycle facilities are 10%-15% more efficient than simple cycle gas turbines.

This power station was officially commissioned in 1959 and has a net capacity of 430 MW. After the expansion, an additional 205 MW will be added.

Site construction is expected to be complete by July 2015. The new plant will be commissioned in September 2015.

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