With my Personal Protective Equipment or PPE, I got in the van with the Westmoreland Coal Company tour guide and my co-worker to experience Estevan’s unique Energy Tour.
Chloe, our tour guide, took us from the Visitors Information Center to the pits at the mine first. The pits are where the workers extract the coal from the ground after removing the top soil. Chloe also gave us a quick history lesson about mining in the Estevan area. She also explained to us that the mine uses strip mining and how it works.
Fun Fact: there are 3 coal seams (layers) where Westmoreland Coal Company mines. Their names are Roche Percy, Souris, and Estevan.
Our second stop was the Shand Power Station. At Shand, we got to learn about the process of turning coal into power. We toured the outside, the control room, and the inside of the plant. Inside the plant, we climbed many sets of stairs and we got to see the boilers and generators.
Did you know? Together the Boundary Daw Power Station, the Shand Power Station, and the Poplar River Power Station in Coronach produce approximately 40% of Saskatchewan’s power!
Our last stop was the Greenhouse. The Greenhouse runs all year round and grows 25 to 30 different species of plants. Many of the plants grown at the Greenhouse are given to farmers to build shelter belts around their land, and the trees are also used to help Westmorland reclaim the land after the coal has been removed.
Hope you get to enjoy the Energy Tour as much as I did! 🙂
Till next time,