Government says benefits strategy for Lower Churchill construction ensures opportunities for people of the province

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The provincial government says the Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy it released today will ensure opportunities for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador during the construction phase of the Lower Churchill development.
According to a news release, the strategy includes at least 21.5 million person hours of construction employment on two hydroelectric developments at Gull Island and Muskrat Falls, as well as the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, and at least 6.5 million in engineering and project management person hours and specific gender equity and diversity programs.
"The Lower Churchill Project is the most attractive, undeveloped hydroelectric project in North America and has the potential to provide significant long-term benefits to the province through the generation and transmission of clean, renewable energy," said Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale.
"Through the Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy with Nalcor Energy-Lower Churchill Project, the employment and business activity during the construction phase of this project will bring tremendous opportunities to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians."
The release notes work related to the generation projects will include construction of the Gull Island and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric developments. The development of these two hydroelectric facilities will provide at least 5.5 million person hours of engineering and project management employment and 19 million person hours of construction employment in the province.
The benefits strategy also applies to the construction of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, a High Voltage Direct Current (HVdc) system from central Labrador to the area of Soldiers Pond on the island portion of the province. This work will result in at least one million person hours of engineering and project management employment and 2.5 million person hours of construction employment in the province.
Dunderdale said the strategy is similar to benefits arrangements the provincial government has with oil and mining companies as it outlines work to be performed in the province for the benefit of industry and employees.
"The Lower Churchill Project will be of great benefit to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Gender Equity and Diversity programs are critical components of this strategy," Dunderdale said. "Coupled with the Lower Churchill Project Impacts and Benefits Agreement awaiting ratification by the membership of the Innu Nation in Labrador, these initiatives emphasize our government's commitment to the people of our province to achieve maximum benefit from resource projects."
The Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy is available at

Organizations: Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy, Labrador-Island Transmission Link

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Gull Island, North America

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  • Jon
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    b..are you comparing a massive hydroelecric generating project to a shed? hahaha. thanks for the laugh. Do you realize how many studies have to be done for something of that magnitude. It's not like waking up one day and saying ok by's, lets build a couple of dams and high-voltage transmission lines. Go find something else to complain about. Thanks for sharing your negativity, i'm sure it will help progress things.

  • Bob
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Jon..Just recently hiasself said there was no timeline for the Churchill, it was no longer on his dance card. Like b from NL I would love for Churchill hydro to happen in my lifetime but Bluncerdale has contradicted herself so many times I take what she has to say with a grain of salt.

  • Jobs jobs jobs
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    It's interesting to note that this is the same government who sacrificed any and all such job guarantees or construction commitments on the Hebron deal in order to get 'equity'.
    In other words, we have no job guarantees on a real project that may happen soon, and real job guarantees on an imaginary project that may not happen for years or decades.

  • Red
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Yes as soon as we can teleport the electricity across Quebec they will start construction. I think the government should be working harder on acquiring a transmission route before making any promises. Without a market, this project will never materialize.

  • Polly
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    This government deals in the ABSTRACT .

  • Pierre Neary
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I like and agree with what Minister Dunderdale is saying but is she going to just talk the talk or walk the walk?? At this very moment there is a large contingent of Yanks working for a company called Transocean in Marystown right now. Ninety percent of the jobs these Yanks are doing could be done by NLers. In allot of cases NLers are more experienced. Companies like Transocean apply to Immigration and call them essential workers and make up bogus job titles for them. They will call them some kind of engineer (this seems to be the most popular) and they will have no background in engineering. This is done for jobs such as safety, QA, procurement, the list goes on........... Both the Feds and the Provincial Government have dropped the ball on this.

  • b
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I wish this government and those to come will shut up about the Churchill Falls project until they are ready to actually do something about it. The dam thing (no pun intended) has been talked to death, and in fact may never ever see the light of day. Its like a guy saying he is going to build a shed one day when his neighbour decides to offer up some help, but his neighbour is busy with his own shed.

  • Polly
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The Nova Scotia government and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc. have finalized a deal to build a wind turbine plant at the former TrentonWorks railcar factory.
    In a statement, the government announced it closed the transaction today with the South Korean manufacturing giant.---- The Chronicle Herald .
    While this government deals in the abstract , provinces like Nova Scotia are inking deals .