SaskPower to invest $71 million at 186-MW Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Station

Coteau Creek hydro

SaskPower will invest $71 million over the next five years to extend the operational life of its 184-MW Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Station to provide renewable, zero-emission baseload power to Saskatchewan.

Located on the South Saskatchewan River and built in 1969, the Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Station requires significant investment to extend the life of major equipment in order to continue to operate reliably and safely, SaskPower said. The station is made up of three 62-MW turbine-generator units.

“SaskPower is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 – and maintaining hydroelectric generation is a key part to this” said Howard Matthews, vice president of power production at SaskPower. “Investing in Coteau Creak shows SaskPower’s commitment to providing clean, reliable power to the people of Saskatchewan.”

The work includes $59 million to upgrade and modernize the plant and is expected to be complete in early 2026. In addition to the extension work, additional infrastructure improvements are planned to ensure safety and reliability, including $12 million in upgrades to the plant’s security, heating and cooling systems, and control room systems, as well as other projects.

SaskPower owns and operates seven hydroelectric facilities: 10-MW Charlot River, Coteau Creek, 289-MW E.B. Campbell, 111-MW Island Falls, 255-MW Nipawin, 8-MW Waterloo and 5-MW Wellington.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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