IQALUIT, Nunavut (January 24, 2019) – Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) has completed the
construction and testing of new power plants in Grise Fiord and Cape Dorset. The capital
projects were completed ahead of schedule and within budget.
“The Corporation is committed to replacing aging infrastructure to meet the energy needs in all
Nunavut communities,” said the Honourable Jeannie Ehaloak, Minister responsible for QEC.
“The power plants also have renewable energy integration capability, which will allow for
opportunities to move our territory toward clean technologies should funding become available.”
The modern facilities replaced the oldest power plants in the territory that had outlived their life
expectancy. Equipped with new energy efficient generator sets, the power plants will supply the
communities’ long term electricity needs and further reduce QEC’s reliance on diesel fuel.
“We are proud to recognize that the Grise Fiord power plant won a 2018 design award for
Excellence in Steel Construction from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction,” said Bruno
Pereira, QEC’s President and CEO. “The first ever prefabricated power plant in Nunavut was
constructed in Quebec, shipped by sealift to the community, and reassembled on site.”
Cape Dorset’s power plant has been relocated outside the hamlet as a result of community
feedback. QEC is planning to host a community feast in Cape Dorset to celebrate the new
facility with residents in mid-March. An official power plant opening will also take place in Grise
Fiord in the spring.
Acting Manager, Corporate Communications
Qulliq Energy Corporation