But Bonnie Lysyk, the province’s recently appointed auditor general, also warned that the cost could go up by another $140-million, for a total of $815-million, because of transport tolls to move it to Napanee, Ont.
Earlier this year, Jim McCarter, the preceding auditor general, reported on the cancellation of a similar gas plant in Mississauga. That decision is estimated to have cost $275 million — millions more than the provincial government had claimed.
Added together it is more than $1 billion.
Opposition parties have accused the governing Liberals of cancelling the Mississauga and Oakville plants to save legislative seats during the last election.