This 695-megawatt hydroelectric generating station will be a source of renewable energy, producing an average of 4,400 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year. The scope of work includes rock excavation, concrete for the powerhouse and spillway, earthen structures, electrical and mechanical work, and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams needed to manage the river flow during construction.
Energy produced will be integrated into Manitoba Hydro’s electric system for use in Manitoba and for export. Keeyask will be Manitoba’s fourth-largest generating station. The design for the project agreement is based on a partnership model between Manitoba Hydro and the four Keeyask Cree Nations, including the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation, and York Factory First Nation.
A work disruption and subsequent road blockade, both due to the pandemic, delayed some construction works on the project in the spring. However, with its first generators still having come online in fall 2020, there were no significant project delays expected.