Canadian utility SaskPower has announced it is carrying out a thorough and comprehensive refurbishment at the 289MW E.B. Campbell hydroelectric station on the Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The refurbishment on units 1-6, which is needed as the project is nearing the end of its operational life, will run until Spring 2025 and is expected to give the plant at least another 50 years. The project was first commissioned in 1963.

“Hydroelectric generation is an important part of our power future,” said Howard Matthews, 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.  Of the $95 million that has been spent on the project to date, approximately $6 million has gone towards 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.