Muskrat Falls project on track for 2017 power production, says Emera CEO

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The CEO of Nova Scotia utility company Emera says the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project is on track to produce first power in 2017 as planned.

A view of the site cleared for Muskrat Falls construction, circa January 2014. Some of the cleared area will be used for the switch- yard to be built for the hydro power plant. — Submitted photo courtesy of Nalcor Energy

Chris Huskilson says the Maritime Link project is also on time and he’s confident power will be coming to Nova Scotia from western Newfoundland by the original goal of 2017.

Huskilson’s comments come after the CEO of Nalcor Energy, the Crown company in Newfoundland and Labrador that’s building Muskrat Falls, said last month that hopes of generating first power in 2017 were in question.

Huskilson was speaking today at a meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council in Halifax, where he touted the major project as an economic driver for the region, with opportunities to sell power to the Unites States.

Construction has started on the project, which will include a 170-kilometre subsea cable that links Cape Breton with southwestern Newfoundland.

Emera estimates that the construction of the Maritime Link will create an average of 300 jobs per year during the construction period in both provinces, with peak activity in 2016.

Organizations: Maritime Link, Nalcor Energy, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia Halifax Cape Breton Southwestern Newfoundland.Emera

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  • Don II
    May 26, 2014 - 16:19

    It appears that the Emera comment is contradicting what Nalcor itself has said about Muskrat Falls. If I recall correctly, the head of Nalcor announced a couple of weeks ago that the Muskrat Falls project would be over budget and would not be completed on time for start of operation in 2017. Does Nalcor talk to Emera so they can both be singing from the same song book? Something is not right here.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    May 26, 2014 - 15:34

    Government and Nalcor is forcing NL ratepayers to pay an average (over 50 years) of $700 million a year (ranging from $500 million to 1.1 billion a year) so they can get $50 million a year from Nova Scotia. (cost free to Nalcor because WE, NL ratepayers, pay the full cost.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    May 26, 2014 - 15:19

    That is, 1/3rd of the power to Nova Scotia for no revenue and 2/3rds of the power to Nova Scotia for about $50 million a year .....

  • Maurice E. Adams
    May 26, 2014 - 15:15

    When NL ratepayers are paying the full cost of producing Muskrat power ($500 - 600 million a year, rising to more than $1 billion a year for our grand kids), a few crumbs of revenue (1/3rd of it for no revenue, and 2/3rds for about $50 million a year) from Nova Scotia, it is not hard to see why Emera wants Muskrat to be on schedule.

  • Julian Assange in Truro
    May 26, 2014 - 14:18

    The only scrapyard to take this much copper is inThailand somewhere, Bubs hitchhiked to Florida, him and Ray are gonna steal a boat. Ricky I need you to use your grade 10 and get on the board of Nalcor. It's pronounced G-P-S Rick, not gypus. Come one guys, focus. Lahey has been partying with "Hucksterson" and got him distracted, we can do this. For Sunnyvale.