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First flow of power from Muskrat Falls

September 23, 2020, St. John’s, NL –The Muskrat Falls Project has reached a major milestone with first power flow from Muskrat Falls.

Last evening, the first unit at Muskrat Falls was successfully synced to the electricity grid in Labrador. This is a significant milestone that we’ve reached alongside Innu Nation, our Indigenous partner in this development, our contractors, unions and workers. Reaching this milestone has not been without its challenges and setbacks. The people of the Province depend on us and, despite the challenges of COVID-19, we have pressed on, kept people safe and together achieved this milestone.

Testing on the first generating unit will continue over the next few weeks, prior to putting the unit in service this fall. Through this testing period, the unit will be put on and off the electricity grid until we are ready to turn the unit over to operations. During the commissioning period, power generated at Muskrat Falls will be added to the Labrador electricity grid. Power from the second unit is expected later this year, with the third and fourth units coming online in 2021.

Thanks to the team work of the thousands of people who have contributed to this historic achievement.

A further update on the Muskrat Falls Project will be provided within a week.