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.

Muskrat Falls is shown in a 2012 photo. The Nunatsiavut  Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council  have each filed a challege against Muskrat Falls development on the Lower Churchill.  — Telegram file photo

Of that project spending, “over $13 million” went to Labrador companies, the report states.

The report was released this 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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Recent comments

  • NL Taxpayer
    September 21, 2013 - 02:40

    Thanks for your comment, now go pick up your check.

  • John From
    September 18, 2013 - 20:18

    John Smith exists in a very special dimension of the multiverse. He exists in the dreams of the press agents of hydro consortiums. The fraud of Enron was rooted in hydroelectric/financial spec magic. I, John From, am another mythical creature who flys in and out of projects. Google me sometimes.

  • John Smith
    September 18, 2013 - 10:10

    Congratulations to Nalcor on a job well done. Muskrat falls is a well researched, well thought out intelligent answer to our coming energy needs here in the province. It will stableize our rates, get us off dirty bunker oil, and allow us to persue alternatives. keep up the good work...

    • Eli
      September 18, 2013 - 15:54

      Now I'm sure. Smith is terminal.

  • Dave Adey
    September 18, 2013 - 09:28

    All that money being spent is coming from the pockets of the taxpayer and from resource and other revenues. Meanwhile services and jobs have been cut. We're throwing away our money to make a few people rich for a project that won't earn a penny except from us again when we pay our hydro bills. We're nothing but a bunch of fools to let this happen to us.

    • NL Taxpayer
      September 21, 2013 - 02:41

      Dave, thank you for speaking out, I could not have said it better myself! I have tried to post comments here myself, but they were never published. I suspect it was because there was a lot of swear words and some very personal attacks regarding the supporters of this projects' manhood.