Alderon moving ahead on power link

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Mining putting up estimated $3.8m to advance engineering

President and CEO of Alderon Iron Ore Tayfun Eldem. — Telegram file photo

Alderon Iron Ore is looking to have hydro power from Nalcor Energy feeding its new Kami mine project, currently in development in Labrador.

According to a statement issued Thursday, the mining company has signed an agreement with Nalcor to begin front-end engineering and design work on plans to link the mine site with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s existing transmission infrastructure.

The engineering work, estimated to cost about $3.8 million, will be paid for by the mining company. The company has also paid all costs related to early work on the power line infrastructure.

The company has noted the engineering work is the final stage before Nalcor will consider a final power agreement with Alderon.

“Alderon commenced Nalcor’s formal process for the provision of power to an industrial customer in Labrador in September 2011 and we are very pleased to now be in the third and final stage of the engineering and assessment process,” stated Alderon president and CEO Tayfun Eldem.

“The third stage of the process will lead to the completion of detailed engineering and will also mark the start of the formal negotiations towards a mutually acceptable Power Purchase Agreement.”

The company expects to start negotiations on a power purchase agreement as the engineering work is completed.

The construction of power infrastructure, including transmission lines, to service the mine will require regulatory approval, including environmental assessment.

“The commercial terms and rates for power, transmission and other infrastructure costs will be governed by a Labrador Industrial Rates Policy Framework,” the company stated.

That framework has yet to be enshrined in legislation. The industrial rates policy is still before the House of Assembly.

Organizations: Nalcor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Labrador Industrial Rates Policy Framework House of Assembly.afitzpatrick

Geographic location: Alderon Iron Ore, Labrador.According, Labrador

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  • Maurice E. Adams
    December 14, 2012 - 12:33

    And 3 million is the one-time 0.00008% cost to Danny's Alderon of the 35 billion dollars that it will cost low and middle income ratepayers over 50 years to build Muskrat Falls. ---------- 0.00008%............ Boy, are we ever putting one over on Alderon. They are really being taken to the cleaners. What a great example of Nalcor working for its shareholders.

  • Robb
    December 14, 2012 - 09:23

    Now, what are the liberals and ndp going to say about this......I think its best they just keep quiet and not look like fools....same goes for the 2041 crew....I know they just all hate to see positive stories like this. Well, this is the future, so be part of it, or go generate your own power.....maybe put up a wind farm in your back yard, and good luck with that.

    • Observer
      December 14, 2012 - 10:01

      Well said, Robb. My thoughts exactly.