Keeyask Generating Station building legacy of reliable, renewable energy

Keeyask Generating Station under construction.

Another major construction season is underway at Keeyask Generating Station project, 725 kilometers (approximately 450 miles) north of Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters in downtown Winnipeg.

Located on the Lower Nelson River, the 695-megawatt hydroelectric station is currently on track to meet its $8.7 billion budget, with the first generator expected to go into service in October 2020 — 10 months ahead of schedule. These schedule advances were gained during the 2018 construction season, which ended with all major milestones met and some targets even exceeded.

The critical milestones ahead include completing 97% of all concrete; 90% of all earthworks; and all permanent earth structures (dams and dykes) by year-end. More intensive work has already begun on the mechanical and electrical systems to ready for commissioning.

When complete, Keeyask will create a legacy of renewable, reliable, non-GHG emitting electricity for Manitobans — and our neighbours — well into the future. Keeyask will generate approximately 4,400 gigawatt-hours of renewable electricity per year — enough to power almost 400,000 homes.

Meeting construction targets is just one aspect of success for this mega-project. Keeyask is being developed by the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP) — a venture between Manitoba Hydro and four northern Indigenous communities: Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation, and the Fox Lake Cree Nation. Working together, the KHLP, and Manitoba Hydro as the project manager, are building Keeyask with attention to quality, safety, environmental performance, and significant partner community participation in employment and business opportunities.

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