Burns & McDonnell to Build Great Plains Power Station
November 16, 2020
SaskPower is pleased to announce it has selected Burns & McDonnell as its engineering, procurement and construction partner for the Great Plains Power Station, which will be built in Moose Jaw’s industrial park.
Burns & McDonnell was selected via a competitive procurement process that balanced costs with the ability to drive value for Saskatchewan’s customers, local contractors and vendors.
“On this project SaskPower is working to exceed the already strong local and Indigenous engagement and employment efforts achieved with Chinook Power Station,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. “As part of their proposal, Burns & McDonnell reached out to over 300 Saskatchewan companies to discuss how they could participate in this important work, and engagement efforts will continue as the project develops.”
While no Saskatchewan companies bid on this contract, local vendors are encouraged to reach out to Burns & McDonnell if they believe they can help execute this project. SaskPower plans to partner with them to hold outreach sessions for local vendors to learn more about available opportunities.
Great Plains will be similar in size to the Chinook Power Station near Swift Current, which began operations in 2019. More than $140 million was awarded locally for the construction of Chinook, with more than $9 million to Indigenous contracts, labour and subcontracts.
“This is another important step toward the Great Plains Power Station becoming a reality,” said Mike Marsh, SaskPower President & CEO. “Natural gas generation provides an affordable supply of baseload power that will support the integration of renewables such as wind and solar into our grid. This will be crucial as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to make even deeper cuts beyond 2030.”
Once it comes online in 2024, the Great Plains Power Station will generate enough baseload electricity to power a city the size of Saskatoon and create approximately 25 permanent jobs. Visit saskpower.com/greatplains for more information and to sign up for project updates.