Functional tests now being performed at Chinook Power Station

Photo courtesy SaskPower Employees poses for a photo to celebrate one million hours of work at the Chinook Power Station without a single lost time injury.

The Chinook Power Station is still over a year away from being completed, but the project recently reached a series of important milestones.

Back on August 7, power was successfully brought to the station just outside of Swift Current, allowing functional tests to be performed at the site.

This week also marked one million hours of work being completed on the project, and there has not been a single lost time injury. Approximately 650 skilled workers have been involved in onsite work since construction began.

The 350-megawatt natural gas fired power station is expected to come online in late 2019. The $680 million project will provide electricity for approximately 350,000 homes.

The project also realized the completion of approximately five kilometres of new power lines connecting the power station into the power grid.

“It’s great to see this important project carried out efficiently by our building and operating partner Burns & McDonnell,” SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh stated in a press release. “What I am most proud of is the commitment to safety that the employees of SaskPower and our contractors have made to reach a million hours of work without incident. Above all else, we need to bring power to Saskatchewan homes and businesses without ever compromising employee or public safety.”