The 289-MW E.B. Campbell Hydroelectric Station, which was first commissioned in 1963, is undergoing a refurbishment that will run until spring 2025.
The refurbishment of Units 1-6 will give the plant at least 50 more years of renewable power generation for the people of Saskatchewan, SaskPower said. The eight-unit plant is on the Saskatchewan River near Nipawin. The facility includes an embankment dam and its impoundment creates Tobin Lake.
“Hydroelectric generation is an important part of our power future,” said Howard Matthews, SaskPower’s vice president of power production. “We are excited to breathe new life into E.B. Campbell, so it can continue to deliver clean, renewable power for the next half century.”
The refurbishment of E.B. Campbell makes use of an important existing hydro power station and comes at an estimated cost of about $300 million. The cost is significantly less than building a new power plant.
Of the $95 million that has been spent on the project to date, about $6 million has gone toward Indigenous and local employment opportunities and procurement, with more expected as the project continues.
The work is scheduled to make the best use of seasonal water flows, ensuring that generation capacity windows are maximized throughout the refurbishment process.
SaskPower operates seven hydro facilities with a total capacity of about 850 MW in the southern half of Saskatchewan.