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First tower erected on island for new transmission line from Muskrat Falls

April 10, 2016 – On April 10, 2016, the first transmission tower was erected on the island as part of the 1,100 km Labrador-Island Transmission Link. The 50 m tower was installed near Plum Point on the Northern Peninsula.

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The Labrador-Island Transmission Link is a 1,100 km long High Voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission line running between Muskrat Falls in central Labrador and Soldier’s Pond on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. Once constructed, the transmission line will transmit power between Labrador and Newfoundland, marking the first time the island will be connected to the North American electricity system.

In total, 3,226 transmission towers will be erected for the Labrador-Island Link. Of those, 1,938 will be erected on the island and 1,288 will be erected in Labrador.

Construction on the new transmission line began on the island in January 2015 with access road construction and clearing for the transmission right-of-way. Close to 70% of that work is now complete on the island, with activity ongoing from the Northern Peninsula to eastern Newfoundland. Work in Labrador is ongoing, and more than 35% of towers on the 400 km portion of the transmission line in Labrador have been erected.

To learn more about the Labrador-Island Link or see where crews are working, visit the Construction Activities section of the website.