Over $188 million was spent in Newfoundland and Labrador from the start of the year through to the end of October, as part of the Lower Churchill Project, according to Nalcor Energy.
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The dollar figure is a far cry from the billions to be put down globally by the time the hydroelectric plant is completed at Muskrat Falls, along with its associated transmission lines and links.
In October alone, that spending totalled $61 million.
That said, local spending to date this year — as recorded in the latest monthly report on project work — is a close split between spending in Newfoundland and spending in Labrador, with $97.8 million and $91.2 million gone out respectively.
The latest project report, released Tuesday, notes 1,654 people were employed on the Lower Churchill in October, with about 77 per cent being residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Of the total workforce, 476 were identified as Labrador residents, with 216 self-identified members of Labrador aboriginal groups.
Work completed in the month included further excavation at the dam site, civil work at the drill site at Shoal Cove for the Strait of Belle Isle subsea cable link, prep work at the Churchill Falls and Muskrat Falls switchyard sites and continued clearing of trees at the dam reservoir area.