Keeyask Project Update from the Front Lines


The Keeyask Project is a hydroelectric generating station that is being developed in a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba First Nations. Salit Steel was awarded the contract to be the primary supplier and installation of rebar for the Keeyask Generating Station in Northern Manitoba. Once completed, The Keeyask Generating Station will be a source of renewable energy providing approximately 695 megawatts of capacity and producing an average of 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity each year.

As you can see from the pictures, this is one of Salit Steel’s largest projects to date, and with a project of this scale there are many challenges that the Salit Team has had to overcome. For anyone who has made the trip to the Keeyask Site they will know that the remoteness of the site alone provides many obstacles. Not just for transportation of team members ( Imagine having to take a charter flight, and 2 hours bus ride just to get there!) but maintain balance and a positive workforce in weather condition’s that can reach as low as -60 in the winter to +40 in the summer, that is one extreme to another!
This year, the team at Keeyask has recorded a maximum low of approximately -57 with the wind chill and an avg. Temp of -30 to -40 throughout the winter months. Blake Drover, Slait Field Coordinator at Keeyask, says that the key to success is staying warm through the use of proper PPE and winter attire. He knows firsthand how the extreme cold affects the team, as well as equipment and makes for a challenging work environment.

All of our Salit Team that are contributing to the building of the project lodge in 1 of 2 camps provided which in total can accommodate up to 2,000 people. Presently the workforce consists of three different work schedules but most have 20 to 21 days on working with either 8 to 10 days off which varies with the different departments one works with.

Our hats go off to the Salit Team who are working on the Keeyask Project, we know that it is one tough job!. Currently they have installed approx. 48% of their original target; keep up the great work, and stay warm!

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