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SaskPower, BurnsMac complete 353-MW Chinook station $75M under budget

Saskatchewan’s top electric utility has completed work and put its new Chinook Power Station into operation.

SaskPower held the grand opening for its newest gas-fired power plant located near Swift Current. The 353-MW Chinook station utilizes combined-cycle operation and can generate enough power for 350,000 homes.

“Chinook will play a vital role in our province’s future by providing the power needed to support the goals set in Saskatchewan’s growth plan,” Dustin Duncan, the provincial provincial minister responsible for SaskPower, said in a statement. “The facility will provide highly efficient baseload power, which will support intermittent renewable energy and help SaskPower meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.”

The price tag for Chinook Power Station was expected to be around $680 million, but project planners may have completed it for about $75 million less, according to the SaskPower report.

Crews also upgraded infrastructure to connect Chinook with customers. This work included up to 200 kilometers in new lines from the Pasqua to the Swift Current switching stations.

Burns & McDonnell was a key contractor on the project providing engineering, procurement and construction services. Chinook Power Station includes a single gas-turbine generator, a triple-pressure heat recovery steam generator, a steam turbine generator and two generator step-up transformers.