Premier Tom Marshall announced today that Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has been directed to proceed with the construction of a third transmission line between Churchill Falls and Labrador West.
Premier Tom Marshall
A news release notes construction of a third transmission line will help to supply power for planned new developments, such as the Kami Iron Ore Project, and improve reliability for all customers in the Labrador region.
“Our government has no higher priority than to fuel the growth of opportunities and a region that is growing in industrial activity needs a secure supply of electrical power,” Marshall said.
“Nearly three weeks ago, on the day that I was sworn in as premier, I said the decision on a new power line for this region was imminent. Today, I am announcing that the decision is made and we will be moving forward with the construction of a third line to supply power from Churchill Falls to western Labrador.”
As part of the decision, the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) will maintain its role to review the costs incurred by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and to set rates for customers in the province. All planning, design and construction activities pertaining to the transmission line will be exempt from approval by the board.
“Today’s announcement reflects our government’s support for responsible natural resource development in the province, specifically for the mining industry in western Labrador,” Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said.
“Construction of the third transmission line will meet power demands for new mining developments, attract investment into the region, and generate spin-off employment and business opportunities for the people of Labrador.”