Ranking for 2013: 17
Industry Sector: Energy
Specific Sector: Transmission
Range: $1 billion - $5 billion
Project Value: $2,100,000,000
Government Funds Involved:
Funding Source: Private
Location: Muskrat Falls, Labrador to Soldiers Pond, Newfoundland and Labrador
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2016
This 900 MW, 1,135 km transmission line across the Strait of Belle Isle will connect the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project with Soldiers Pond on the island of Newfoundland. It will facilitate the transmission of electricity to Nova Scotia and on to export markets in the United States.
According to Nalcor, the in-service date for this project is 2016. However, Hydro Quebec filed a motion with Quebec Superior Court on July 22, 2013, claiming it has exclusive rights to purchase the power and energy produced by Churchill Falls Generating Station until 2041 and that Hydro Quebec has the right to control the output of Churchill Falls to optimize its own needs.
In November 2013, after an environmental assessment, the federal government said the project can continue with the regulatory approval process.