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Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:32

City wants to convince SaskPower to bring gas turbine facility to Swift Current area

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The City is aggressively pursuing the placement of a new SaskPower electrical generation project in the Swift Current area.

 

SaskPower has identified four possible sites in the province for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Facility. One of these proposed sites is located in the Swift Current area.

The 250-300 megawatt project has the potential of approximately $500-$700 million in construction and would bring approximately 300 temporary construction jobs to the region. The facility is expected to be operational by 2018 and would bring approximately 20-25 permanent positions to the Swift Current area. To put the magnitude of the project into perspective, total construction in the city over the past 30-years has been approximately $500 million.

“We are aware that there are no guarantees with a project like this, which is always the case in business,” said Mayor Jerrod Schafer. “However, putting in a significant effort to secure opportunities like this is what both residents and businesses of this region expect of their elected leaders and administrations.”

Schafer met with Swift Current MLA and Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall, to ensure both the province and SaskPower are fully aware of the City’s intentions to aggressively pursue this opportunity.

“Although the locations that could be chosen for the gas generation facility are within the RM of Swift Current, we will be looking to our neighbours to lend a hand in support of attracting this substantial development,” said Schafer. “Our council and administration are committed to doing all that we can to secure this project, but it is imperative that we move forward in a collaborative approach with the RM of Swift Current. For this region to grow, it is imperative that the effort of collaboration is reciprocated.”

The City of Swift Current has hired engineering firm AECOM to assist with developing a comprehensive proposal to deliver to SaskPower and the Government of Saskatchewan.

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