The first unit at the Keeyask Generating Station went into commercial service Tuesday.
Construction of the 695-megawatt station on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba began in 2014. When complete Keeyask will have seven units in service producing an average of 4400 gigawatt hours of electricity annually making it the fourth largest generating station in the province. The energy produced by Keeyask will be integrated into Manitoba Hydro’s electric system for use in Manitoba to help drive economic growth and to meet the utility’s current export commitments.
The Keeyask Generating Station is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and four partner First Nations – Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First
Nation and Fox Lake Cree Nation known collectively as the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership.
Approximately 600 people are currently working at the site to bring the other six units into service over the next year.