The sale of two of Sask Energy’s gas plants to private companies from out-of-province has the Official Opposition asking several questions.
The Coleville gas plant near Kindersley and a 50% share of the Kisbey plant are being sold by SaskEnergy for $31 million.
Earlier on Thursday, the Saskatchewan NDP stated the SaskParty government is continuing to sell off crown corporations, saying this is much the same as selling off STC.
SaskEnergy critic Nicole Rancourt said the people of Saskatchewan deserve better communication from the government, and better protection of their crowns.
“We were only informed from an order of council of the sale, and that the sale was for an out-of-province corporation,” Rancourt said. “I’ve given a list of questions to the minister of SaskEnergy, and we hope to hear some answers real soon.”
“We know that Saskatchewan residents really love their crown corporations, they know how important the crown corporations are to Saskatchewan for employment, for the quality services that we receive, and so they would want to know why these gas plants were sold.”
However, the Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy file doesn’t see it that way.
Bronwyn Eyre addressed the matter late Thursday afternoon, saying the two plants being sold are “non-core” assets.
“There will be no job losses,” she said. “I think the most important thing to highlight is that there are more than 30 gas plants in Saskatchewan and all of them are operated by the private sector, except Coleville. It’s one of a kind.
There’s more than 30 gas plants in Saskatchewan, all of them operated by the private sector save Coleville, which Eyre called “one of a kind.”
Eyre said across the sector they’re seeing major players also sell off assets too.
“Enbridge, for example, recently selling it’s gas processing assets so it could return to it’s core pipeline and gas distribution operations. That’s exactly what SaskEnergy is doing.”
(with files from Ryan McNally and David Boles)