Muskrat Falls spending increased slightly in March

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Latest month by month report now available online

The latest monthly report on benefits from the Muskrat Falls project to the province was issued this morning, noting “over $67 million” was spent on the project in March 2014. That is up slightly from the $66 million spent in February.

Power lines. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

As previously reported, project leaders have refused to provide an update on the total estimated cost of $6.2-billion Lower Churchill Project ($7.7 billion including the Maritime Link with Nova Scotia).

They have only said an updated, higher cost estimate can be expected at some point later this year.

Meanwhile, the monthly reports have been issued since January 2013 and are available online, noting monthly expenditures, major milestones and providing a breakdown of employment on the project.

In all, 1,668 people were working on the project in March, according to the latest count by Nalcor. That is up from 1,668 the previous month, pointing to growth in contractor hires, including by Astaldi Canada, the main civil contractor for the powerhouse and spillway.

In Labrador, 1,171 people were working on the project and 494 of that count were said to be Labrador residents. That is up from 401 Labradorians working the construction the previous month.

The project employed 289 women during the month, making up roughly 17 per cent of the workforce.

The monthly reports from Nalcor Energy and a collection of detailed project information can be found HERE.

Organizations: Maritime Link

Geographic location: Labrador, Nova Scotia

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