Queen Elizabeth Power Station

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Queen Elizabeth Power Station
Country Canada
Location 2211 Spadina Crescent West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Coordinates 52°5′43″N 106°42′22″W / 52.09528°N 106.70611°W / 52.09528; -106.70611Coordinates: 52°5′43″N 106°42′22″W / 52.09528°N 106.70611°W / 52.09528; -106.70611
Status Operational
Commission date 1959
Owner(s) SaskPower
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Natural gas
Type Steam turbine
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 430 MW

Queen Elizabeth Power Station is a natural gas-fired station owned by SaskPower, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The station was called the South Saskatchewan River Generating Station until it was commissioned in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II when the name was changed.


The Queen Elizabeth Power Station consists of:[1]

  • one 60 MW and one 63 MW units (commissioned in 1959)
  • one 95 MW unit (commissioned in 1971)
  • six 25 MW combustion gas turbines used to recover excess heat and reduce greenhouse gasses using combined-cycle technology with once-through steam generators (commissioned in June 2002)
  • three 36 MW Hitachi gas turbine units (commissioned 2010) at a cost of $240 million[2]

Boilers were supplied by FW, Babcock & Wilcox, and Innovative Steam Technologies; while the turbines were supplied by Brown, Boveri & Cie, English Electric and Hitachi Canadian Industries.[3]

"Starlight Tours"[edit]

The site of the power plant was the scene of racially motivated misconduct at the hand of the Saskatoon Police Department, in what became known as [[Saskatoon freezing death.

On the frigid morning of January 28, 2000, after being dumped in the outskirts of Saskatoon by members of the Saskatoon Police Service, Darrell Night - an Aboriginal man - managed to hike over a mile in order to find refuge at the Queen Elizabeth Power Station. Later that same day, the frozen body of an aboriginal man identified as Rodney Steven Naistus, was found in the vicinity of the power plant by Saskatoon MLA Pat Lorje .[4]

Night's allegations of misconduct, along with the grizzly discovery of Nadius, sparked an investigation into the discriminatory treatment of Aboriginal people in Saskatoon at the hands of the city's police service.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SaskPower, Archivia Net, Peeking Stations, archived from the original on November 21, 2010, retrieved 2011-08-27
  2. ^ Journal of Commerce (March 9, 2009), SaskPower plans expansion of Queen Elizabeth Power Station, retrieved 2011-08-27
  3. ^ Power Plants Around the World Archived 2010-08-13 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  4. ^ Libraries and Archives Canada (May, 2004), The "Starlight Tours": A Study of Racist Dynamics in a Prairie City, retrieved 2017-03-30

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