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  • H Man
    July 27, 2013 - 01:45

    When this project comes online (and it will). When it provides a stream of revenue for the elderly and young (and it will). What will you say then naysayer?

  • Maurice E. Adams
    July 21, 2013 - 11:10

    How can the project be on budget, when an engineering design fix (if one is technically and financially possible/feasible for the North Spur quick clay, pug liquifaction/landslide problem) won't be completed until sometime in 2013 and a contract will not be awarded (by Nalcor's own words) until 2014? A link to Nalcor's minutes stating the foregoing can be found at www.vision2041.com .

  • John Smith
    July 19, 2013 - 18:48

    Congratulations to Nalcor and all involved in this project. The project is on time, and on budget, and is something we all should be very, very proud of.

    • Tony Rockel
      July 20, 2013 - 16:29

      How predictable! The usual pathetic response from John Smith who hasn't the guts to use his real name. Is it Kathy or Ed, or some lower ranking brown-noser from Nalcor or the PC party?

    • concerned
      July 21, 2013 - 06:41

      john smith. nalcor estimate is 37% higher than where it was at dg2. they are also in 2017 which used to be 2016 for first electricity. As worrying as that may be, it must be remembered that it has only been 6 months since sanction. You are very premature.

    • Tony Rockel
      July 22, 2013 - 09:14

      "John" You are clearly a PC Nalcor toady, and not a very bright one at that. What an absurd claim to make-- or did you borrow Jerome Kennedy's "crystal ball"?

  • hmmm
    July 19, 2013 - 08:36

    It's not exactly a fair comparison. The main reason the French failed to build the canal was because of the high rates of sickness and loss of life from malaria and yellow fever. The Panama canal was finally built, not for economic reasons but for military reasons. The world economy is now benefiting from the canal. I don't know if the same will be said about Muskrat Falls. Another tidbit, when the Americans took over, the cost to build the canal came in under budget. I'm pretty sure no one expects Muskrat to do the same.

  • Just Sayin
    July 19, 2013 - 08:26

    Muskrat Falls rationale was for more winter time heating needs for the island. They forecast a load growth that appears not to materialize, due to more efficient house construction as well as efficient heating. Manitoba Hydro stated that the forecasting doesn't meet best practises. Up to now I have faulted Nalcor for this poorly reasoned forecast. But consider this: some 93 percent of island energy sales is by Nfld Power. Nfld Power is the one that came up with this residential forecast. They are the middlemen who distribute and make a profit on sales, and higher cost MF power doesn't hurt their profit. And their conservation and efficiency plan is worthless, with other jurisdictions in North America doing 10 times more to help customers save significant energy, and lower their power bills. Nfld Power is owned by Fortis, a Nfld based national company. Compare what Fortis offers customers in B.C. for efficiency improvements with the Nfld Plan and it is clear we are getting shafted here. But while Nfld Power has no liability for Muskrat Falls, it is their winter heat forecast that is the rationale for MF. And with no real beneficial efficiency program here, the power forecast can look credible to those who don't take a critical assessment. Nfld Power and Fortis is getting a free pass from any criticism for the rationale for MF but the power demand forecast is effectively owned by them.

  • Eli
    July 19, 2013 - 07:23

    Here, here!

  • JM
    July 19, 2013 - 06:21

    This was an excellent article. It should be noted that Teddy Rosevelt was the first US president to make a foreign visit during his term in office. He visited the Panama Canal. A great engineering wonder, which would not have happened if it was not for the Americans. A truly great engineering project. But will Newfoundland and Labrador be like France when it comes to the Muskrat Falls project. All eyes on Nalcor to see if their delivery matches their rhetoric.

    • Jackson II
      July 19, 2013 - 10:38

      What does Nalcor care? They'll bleed Newfound to death and Martin & Company will go on their merry ways with their bank accounts and pockets overflowing with dollars.