SaskPower picks site for 350-MW combined-cycle power plant

SaskPower said June 12 that it has selected a site near Swift Current, Saskatchewan for a 350-MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant that it hopes to have in operation in late 2019.

The next steps in the process are to determine whether the project will be built by SaskPower or by an independent power producer through a competitive procurement process.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued soon to further evaluate the options and ensure that overall value is maximized for SaskPower and its stakeholders. More information will be available in the next several weeks.

The 158-acre site was picked from among 12 potential areas were initially evaluated through a public consultation process. The power plant construction process is expected to employ between 400 and 500 people. Between 20 and 25 permanent jobs will be created at the combined-cycle power plant, according to the news release.

The list was narrowed to two options: the successful site near Swift Current, and a second site near Lanigan. The Swift Current area was ultimately selected as the preferred location as it requires fewer infrastructure upgrades, which will significantly reduce the costs associated with the project, SaskPower said.

Swift Current is a small city in southwest Saskatchewan. It is situated along the Trans Canada Highway.

“In our province, overall growth continues at a steady pace with SaskPower adding 11,000 customers to the grid last year,” said Premier Brad Wall. “The numbers will continue to climb as Saskatchewan grows, so this project will help ensure we’re ready to serve all customers.”

“Demand for electricity grew nearly 10% in the last two years and records for peak demand continue to be set,” said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. “A new natural gas plant boosts our supply of reliable power to the southwest corner of the province and provides an economical source of energy to the provincial electrical grid.”

Saskatchewan Power Corp. is a provincially-owned Crown corporation that generates, purchases, transmits, distributes and sells electricity and related products and services. It was set up in 1949.

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