Crown Corporations Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said “Significant investment by SaskPower is needed – not only in 2009, but for the next several years – to address SaskPower’s current infrastructure deficit and ensure the electrical system can support Saskatchewan businesses in growing their operations.”

The program also covers the addition of 100 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fired production at the Queen Elizabeth Power Station located in Saskatoon and 100 MW at the Ermine Switching Station close to Kerrobert by the end of 2009.

By the end of 2010, an extra 141 MW of natural gas-fired production in the North Battleford region will also be included to the provincial grid.

Additional projects covered in the 2009 capital investment program include, renovation of the Queen Elizabeth Power Station Unit 2 and Boundary Dam Power Station Unit 2, building of a 230 kV transmission line from the Poplar River Power Station close to Coronach to the Pasqua Switching Station east of Moose Jaw, $95 million expenditure to link new electrical services to the SaskPower system, in addition to revamping existing customer services, expansion of Poplar River Power Station’s ash lagoon storage facility and overhaul of the Boundary Dam Spillway.