Chinook Power Station
The Chinook Power Station is a natural gas powered electrical generating facility located northwest of Swift Current which opened December 2019. This station provides power to up to 350,000 homes. This facility uses natural gas to produce steam to drive a turbine, the mechanical energy from the turbine is converted to electrical energy by a coupled generator. Exhaust gases from the turbine is used to produce steam in a heat recovery steam generator. The steam will be transferred to the steam turbine to produce additional power. Exhaust from the steam turbine generator is sent to an air cooled condenser which draws ambient air from the surrounding area by fans. Steam condensate by the condenser will return to the steam cycle as condensate. (Information from Power Technology website). The station has its own Water Treatment Plant to treat the water once it goes into the steam process. The station endeavours to retain as much water as possible with two large water holding tanks on site. The station uses 35,000 cubic meters per year or enough to fill fourteen Olympic sized swimming pools which it gets from the City of Swift Current via an eighteen kilometer pipeline from the South Hill Reservoir. This amount equals 1% of the water treated annually by the Swift Current Water Treatment Plant.
(information courtesy of the Power Technology website)