Muskrat Falls Project

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Image Credit: Nalcor Energy

Ranking for 2019: 3

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Hydroelectric

Range: $5 billion +

Project Value: $12,700,000,000

Government Funds Involved: See below

Funding Source: Public-Private

Location: Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: September 2020


Nalcor Energy leads this development, which includes construction of an 824-megawatt hydroelectric generating facility at Muskrat Falls on the lower Churchill River in Labrador and more than 1,600 kilometres of associated transmission lines and infrastructure that will deliver electricity to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador sanctioned the Muskrat Falls Project in December 2012, and construction of the project began in January 2013. Construction has started as planned on all major work sites for the project, including Muskrat Falls, Soldiers Pond, Churchill Falls, the Strait of Belle Isle, and the transmission routes.

Once completed, the project will provide sustainable energy production for residential, commercial, and industrial growth throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in the coming decades.

The energization of the new transmission assets occurred in the second quarter of 2018, including the 1,100-kilometre Labrador-Island Link. Concrete pouring of the North Dam is progressing, and concrete and steel work for the water passages to the turbines have been completed.


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