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  • Fred Penner
    February 02, 2014 - 14:41

    It is comforting to know that our utility (NALCOR) has the best interests of our population at heart and is seeking out expert suppliers from across the Globe for the completion of the Muskrat Falls project. In leveraging international suppliers, NALCOR is ensuring that NLers get the best possible value for their money and are, inturn, availing of the best engineering minds on the planet to assist in the design and contruction of this milestone project in the history of our province.

    • Tony Rockel
      February 03, 2014 - 17:44

      Poor Fred, wait til you get your electricity bill in 2017-- thats if you actually live here.

  • John Brown
    February 02, 2014 - 14:20

    Interesting to see a map with "Canada" and "Newfoundland & Labrador" labeled as seperate entities. I was under the impression N&L was part of Canada.

  • Redgrave
    February 02, 2014 - 10:12

    I have been saying this for years now. Newfoundland has joined the Global Economy in way most people have no idea, including our politicians. This is not just a deal with Ottawa offering a few billion in bonds--the world has offered us several billion in bonds as well--risky bonds that we have to manage over the next half century. What we're managing is the interest . What we'll be borrowing for in the future will be to cover the interest. Seems a lot of this money could, and should be staying right here in Newfoundland (the same as support industry flourishes in Alberta) --if only we has the foresight to set up industry and a rail system decades ago. Still...diehard Newfoundlanders would rather worship the fish--like the recent lottery winner who wants to buy a 'crab boat' instead of building a real industry that can opperate all year and employ Newfoundlanders--"the fish is a false God" .

  • Maurice E. Adams
    February 02, 2014 - 09:02

    Well, I feel much better now --- knowing that our billions in one-time oil revenues are not being cubbyholed, not being safely tucked away in some sort of Heritage Fund for our children and children......... I feel much better knowing that we are not only spreading the seeds of our Goldren Age around to the rest of Canada, but being the altruistic, friendly, good-natured people that we are in "this place" , we are spreading our New-found-wealth around as evenly as possible to the rest of the less well off countries --- all around the world. What a wonderful, enlightened people we are. I am sure we must be the envy of everyone, everywhere --- especially Nova Scotia (and later, when the control of the Churcill River is shown to be with Quebec, or to avoid such an embarrassment and to get a modicum of water from Quebec, our government extends the Upper Churchill contract another 50 years past 2041).

  • observer
    February 01, 2014 - 18:20

    Thank you for this, Ashley. Great work showcasing some of the details of the Muskrat Falls project. I can't believe I'm reading something positive about it from the Telegram. What a refreshing change!

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 01, 2014 - 17:52

    Stop Muskrat now.

  • david
    February 01, 2014 - 09:58

    So just two days ago, Gilbert Bennett is busy writing letters to the Telegram begging for people to rely on facts and information before criticizing this project. But today? "Bennett refused comment on whether the project schedule and costs to date are on target." THIS is why we're Newfoundland.

    • Brett
      February 02, 2014 - 19:46

      Please, whether they are ahead or behind on budgeting now is irrelevant. There are so many moving pieces that that kind of information means nothing without a detailed breakdown of the future tasks to be completed, resources allocated/available and a huge number of other factors that can impact the price. Giving a figure is only going to create problems. Especially if the project is not at a milestone point. What do you want; weekly updates on costs put in the telegram with their master schedule and resourcing?

  • david
    February 01, 2014 - 09:48

    All the makings of a complete and utter fiasco.

  • JM
    February 01, 2014 - 07:39

    Mr. Bennett refused to comment on whether the project schedule and costs are on budget. Is this the same Mr. Bennett who wrote the opinion piece that the debate on Muskrat Falls must be fact based. The fact that Nalcor has not publically released the project estimates in over 14 months is not acceptable. They update the forecast cost to complete on a monthly basis. It should be released to the public.