Nalcor looking at power needs of Labrador mines

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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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:

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.”  



Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Nalcor Energy, Alderon Iron

Geographic location: Labrador, Labrador.Extending

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Recent comments

  • Brad Cabana
    September 20, 2012 - 15:09

    As one of those "malcontent bloggers" I really shake my head at the people to cowardly to publish their real name calling others out for not speaking out and being counted.Thankfully some of us bloggers started writing on the relationships between mines, Muskrat Falls, and politicians in January. The true purpose of Muskrat Falls has been coming out ever since. The people of NL are bring used as patsies - plain and simple.

    • Lloyd Bonner
      September 21, 2012 - 08:21

      Blogging is unregulated and largely unchecked. This appeals to people like Brad Cabana who have no other platform from which to ramble their uninformed nonsense. The PC's didn't want him for leader, neither did the Liberals, he ran for the Liberals in an election and was a joke. People who come from away will never tell us what to do or how to live.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    September 20, 2012 - 11:39

    Muskrat power cannot be sold outside the province except at a huge loss. Muskrat power cannot be sold on the island except at locked-in, 50-year, very high contract prices. It is no surprise now that Nalcor and the mining companies are now trying to say that Labrador needs more power, even though Muskrat power cannot be sold even in Labrador except at a huge loss. In effect, more than $8 billion of the people's money for power that the mining companies will only pay PENNIES FOR. Some project. Some vision. Some investment of our one-time, windfall oil revenues. Some abuse of the people's money.

    • Willie Dan
      September 20, 2012 - 15:13

      Hmmm. Must be one of those "malcontent bloggers" we've heard about.

  • Conspicuous By Their Absence
    September 20, 2012 - 11:34

    What happened to the prominent voices of opposition to the Muskrat Falls project? Not the individual malcontent bloggers and tweeters, but the prominent business and political people. Where are Richard Cashin, Dennis Brown and their cohorts at Energy 2041 Inc? Not a peep since the announced the creation of their company to oppose the project. What do Siobhan Coady and Kevin Aylward have to say (we know what Dean MacDonald thinks). Will Lorraine Michael and gasman George Murphy ever make a decision on if they support it or not? (Tom Mulcair supports the project). It is time to stand up and be counted.