Saskatoon power plant getting $514M expansion

The Queen Elizabeth Power Station is getting a $514 million expansion that will give enough electricity to power 205,000 homes.

SaskPower spending $514 million

The power station is getting a half-billion-dollar expansion. (CBC)

The Queen Elizabeth Power Station is getting a $514-million boost.

That's how much SaskPower is spending to increase capacity at the Saskatoon station. When the work is done in July, 2015, it will have the capacity to bring electricity to another 205,000 homes.

"The expansion project at Queen Elizabeth is another example of how SaskPower is investing in the province's future," SaskPower president Robert Watson said in a news release.

"This is part of our long-term plan to renew and rebuild our electrical system so that we can meet Saskatchewan's needs today and in the years ahead."

The upgrade is happening in the "D" plant at the natural gas facility.

The station is 54 years old and has a net capacity of 430 megawatts. After the expansion, an additional 205 megawatts will be available.

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