Nalcor Energy releases latest on Lower Churchill

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Over $188 million was spent in Newfoundland and Labrador from the start of the year through to the end of October, as part of the Lower Churchill Project, according to Nalcor Energy.

Muskrat Falls

The dollar figure is a far cry from the billions to be put down globally by the time the hydroelectric plant is completed at Muskrat Falls, along with its associated transmission lines and links.

In October alone, that spending totalled $61 million.

That said, local spending to date this year — as recorded in the latest monthly report on project work — is a close split between spending in Newfoundland and spending in Labrador, with $97.8 million and $91.2 million gone out respectively.

The latest project report, released Tuesday, notes 1,654 people were employed on the Lower Churchill in October, with about 77 per cent being residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Of the total workforce, 476 were identified as Labrador residents, with 216 self-identified members of Labrador aboriginal groups.

Work completed in the month included further excavation at the dam site, civil work at the drill site at Shoal Cove for the Strait of Belle Isle subsea cable link, prep work at the Churchill Falls and Muskrat Falls switchyard sites and continued clearing of trees at the dam reservoir area.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Churchill

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Shoal Cove

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  • H Jefford
    December 18, 2013 - 18:46

    There is a Iron Ore Producer looking for power in Labrador to operate a mine and I think a smelter wanting a lot of power. The one-sided contract now in place with Quebec may have a recall of power, But NFLD should look at the underwater link across the straights of the Northern Peninsula from Lanse au Clair to Flower's Cove (approximately 15 kms) with lines heavy enough to carry the Upper Churchill Falls and Muskrat Falls power and bypass Quebec completely.