Crown corporation has requests from 'several' companies
Above ground connections run Churchill Falls power to a nearby switchyard, where the output is boosted to a level allowing the power to travel along transmission lines, mainly to Quebec, with the least amount of power lost along the way. — File photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
Nalcor Energy has confirmed it is now looking at power requests from more than one mining company working in Labrador.
Extending from presentations made at the Mining Industry NL investors’ forum in St. John’s this week, The Telegram asked about the status of power requests from mining companies active in Labrador.
“We are in active discussions with a number of companies that have mining interests in the Labrador Trough and we have requests from several of these companies to study what would be required to meet their energy needs,” stated a response provided by spokeswoman for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.
“These discussions and analysis are at various stages with each of these mining companies.”
One company with a confirmed power request with Nalcor is Alderon Iron Corp. Read the latest on that project: www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2012-09-20/article-3079130/Alderon-seeks-a-power-deal-with-Nalcor/1
Debate around the Lower Churchill development at Muskrat Falls has included discussion of whether some of the power created might be sent to feed mining projects in the iron ore-rich Labrador Trough.
The Crown corporation and the provincial government have repeatedly expressed an intention to investigate the potential to provide power into Labrador mines, should the companies come asking for the power.
“Nalcor is committed to understanding the energy requirements of the mining industry in Labrador,” stated the Hydro spokeswoman.
“We work cooperatively with companies to understand and meet their energy needs.”