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SaskPower awards EPC contract for new gas-fired generator

chose Burns &McDonnell to provide comprehensive engineering, procurement and constructionservices for the planned 350-MW natural gas-fired insouthwestern Saskatchewan.

Thecombined-cycle facility will be situated on a 158-acre site near Swift Current,Saskatchewan, and construction is expected to start by the end of 2016. Thetarget commissioning date for the power plant is late 2019, according to aSept. 28 news release. SaskEnergyInc. subsidiary TransGas Ltd. will provide the natural gas for the plantunder a long-term contract. SaskEnergy is the province-ownednatural gas distributor.

Burns &McDonnell won the contract after a competitive procurement process wasconducted. Five competing proposals from independent power providers were consideredfor the bid.

In aseparate statement, provincial government-owned SaskPower said the Chinookplant will cost about C$680 million to construct.

Theengineering design firm previously teamed up with SaskPower for the 204-MWexpansion of the QueenElizabeth power plant near Saskatoon.