Great Plains Power Station nearly 60 per cent complete

The Great Plains Power Station that is being built just south of Moose Jaw is nearly 60 per cent complete, SaskPower said.

The project is expected to generate 360 megawatts of baseload electricity.

The project will be a combined-cycle natural gas facility that will generate half the emissions of a conventional coal plant.

SaskPower said in a media release that baseload power sources such as natural gas ensure power is available to meet customer demand 24/7 and support the deployment of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

The project started construction in March 2021 and is on schedule to be complete in 2024.

“To date, the Great Plains project has seen $122 million in local support, including $23 million in Indigenous support,” said Rupen Pandya, SaskPower President and CEO in the release. “This already more than doubles the $10 million in Indigenous participation achieved on the similar Chinook Power Station project, which completed in 2019.”

SaskPower said they are on track to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

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