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Clearing the way for Labrador – Island Transmission Link Construction

March 20, 2017 – After nearly three years of construction, Labrador Island – Transmission Link (LIL) right-of-way (ROW) clearing and access road construction is complete.

The completion of this significant piece of work has cleared the way for LIL, the High Voltage Direct Current (HVdc) transmission line, being constructed from Muskrat Falls, in Labrador, to Soldiers Pond, on the Avalon Peninsula, and will bring energy from Labrador to the island for the first time in history.

“The combination of a relentless project team and resourceful contractors was the key to the safe and successful completion of this work,” says Ken Sparkes, the Area Manager for Clearing and Access with the Lower Churchill Project.

Right-of-way clearing for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link near the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador.

ROW clearing and access road construction for LIL began in June 2014 when the first tree was cut in Labrador. For the island, clearing and access road construction started in December 2015, on the Northern Peninsula. Since then, the ROW and associated access roads have been constructed for the 1,100 km long transmission line to provide safe access and travel for workers constructing LIL. ROW clearing and access road construction was completed in Labrador in January 2016; the same work was completed from the Northern Peninsula to Soldiers Pond in March 2017.

Construction across the province’s rugged terrain at numerous active work fronts is a significant achievement that involved the hard work of multiple Newfoundland and Labrador companies including Springdale Forest Resources, Johnson’s Construction Limited, C&T Enterprises and Mike Kelly & Sons Ltd.

As segments of ROW clearing and access road construction were completed along LIL, transmission line construction was able to begin. To date, all 1,282 towers have been erected with 65 per cent of conductor stringing complete on the Labrador portion of LIL. On the island, work is progressing with 30 per cent of tower erection complete and stringing operations ramping up. Over all, the LIL project is approximately 70 per cent complete.

Technical Briefing: Update on activities related to reservoir creation at Muskrat Falls and methylmercury

October 19, 2016 – Gilbert Bennett, Executive Vice President Power Development, Nalcor Energy; Dr. David Allison, Chief Medical Officer, Health and Community Services; and Jim McCarthy, Senior Biologist, Amec Foster Wheeler, held a technical briefing in St. John’s to discuss current construction activities at the Muskrat Falls site, reservoir creation and to address concerns related to methylmercury.

Previous Features:

August 3, 2016 – Spillway goes into operation at Muskrat Falls
July 22, 2016 – Preparations underway to operate the spillway at Muskrat Falls
July 4, 2016 – Making history in the Strait of Belle Isle
April 10, 2016 – First tower erected on island for new transmission line from Muskrat Falls
October 29, 2015 – Muskrat Falls Project achieves major milestones in October
October 2, 2015 – Construction milestone reached in the Muskrat Falls spillway
September 29, 2015 – Nalcor Energy provides Muskrat Falls Project update
September 22, 2015 – Land cables arrive in the Strait of Belle Isle
April 15, 2016 – First HVdc tower erected for Labrador-Island Transmission Link
January 13, 2015 – Construction of Labrador-Island Transmission Link underway on the island
January 9, 2015 – North Spur stabilization work moving forward
October 14, 2014 – First transmission tower erected for Muskrat Falls Project
August 28, 2014 – Lower Churchill Project moves forward with next major phase of marine cable crossing activity in Strait of Belle Isle
August 18, 2014 – First concrete pour at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility
July 9, 2014 – Nalcor Energy continues to be major sponsor at Expo Labrador 2014