Muskrat Falls benefits update released

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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According to the latest report on benefits to the province from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, $36 million was spent on the project in July, with about $24 million — 67 per cent — going to Newfoundland and Labrador companies.

Of that project spending, more than $13 million went to Labrador companies, the report states. The report was released Wednesday morning and notes the number of people employed on the multi-billion dollar build continued to grow during the summer month.

In all, 1,019 people from the province were working on the project during July, out of 1,376 people employed on the project in total.

Of those from this province employed, 321 were identified as Labrador residents. Of those, 160 identified themselves as members of a Labrador-based aboriginal group.

As for the work, bulk excavation — moving rock at the dam site — continued; the geotechnical investigation of the North Spur — land at the dam site that will require stabilization — was completed, and the long-term camp for the site was still being built.

There were no lost time injuries recorded. That said, Nalcor Energy recorded seven first aid cases and five near misses during the month.

The full report is available at: (look under “Newsroom,” “Reports,” “Monthly Benefits Reports”).

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • NL Taxpayer
    September 20, 2013 - 12:46

    Diverting $1,200.000 per day of taxpayers money to private companies will make for a lot of very rich business owners. I suppose that will see the Blunderbuss and her Cons get some great contributions come election time. And the rest of us will have the pleasure of seeing our electric bills double or triple while every dollar we've made since first oil will be shoveled into a very large hole in the ground in Labrador.