1,500 people working on project as of that month
Nalcor Energy’s latest monthly benefits report for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project was issued early this afternoon, highlighting spending on the project for the month and resulting benefits in terms of, for example, employment numbers.
The construction site at Muskrat Falls, as seen in fall 2013. — Submitted photo courtesy of Nalcor Energy
The report details information for February 2014, when 1,499 people were working on the Muskrat Falls project.
Of that total, roughly 84 per cent were residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, with 987 of them working in Labrador.
In Labrador, 401 workers were said to be Labrador residents, “a 26 per cent increase over the previous month,” the report notes.
“Members of the project team participated in three presentations to deliver a project update in addition to meeting with more than 100 people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay regarding employment and responding to over 150 public inquiries,” it states.
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In all, $66 million was spent on the project in February 2014.
The monthly reports from Nalcor Energy have been issued since January 2013 and are available online.
Project leaders have, this week, refused to provide an update on the project’s estimated capital cost of $6.2 billion ($7.7-billion including the Maritime Link with Nova Scotia).
They have said an updated, higher cost estimate can be expected later this year.