The same company providing the new power link between Labrador and the island of Newfoundland, as part of the $7.7-billion Lower Churchill project, will also be linking the island to Nova Scotia, under a contract awarded this week.
The Emera subsidiary responsible for the construction of the so-called Maritime Link between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia has awarded a key piece of that project to Nexans. The contract is specifically for the provision of the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable connection.
Nexans is already at work manufacturing the cables for the Labrador-Island Link for Nalcor Energy. That cable link was engineered in Norway, with cable being manufactured in Japan.
The Maritime Link contract will require manufacturing and installing two, 170-kilometre HVDC power cables, providing a 500 MW link. The project will also require the company to provide almost 300 kilometres of transmission line overland on the island and another approximately 50 km of transmission line in Nova Scotia.
The subsea cables are to be installed at a water depth to 470 metres by Nexans’ ship, the Skagerrak.
“This further reinforces Nexans’ position as a global leader in the power interconnection sector with an unrivalled track record of well over 3,000 km of subsea cables in operation,” said Dirk Steinbrink, Nexans’ executive vice-president for the company’s high-voltage and underwater cables business group, in a statement issued by the company.
The contract for the Maritime Link has an estimated value to Nexans of roughly $262 million (€175 million). With the Labrador-Island Link cable valued at roughly $120 million, the company is looking at a total $382 million in work on the Lower Churchill Project.
Other major contracts for the Maritime Link work are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, including a contract for right-of-way clearing — tree-clearing — for new transmission lines.
“That’s still being negotiated in both provinces, so I won’t say much more about that,” said Emera spokesman Jeff Myrick, responding to questions Friday.
As TC Media reported, Emera Newfoundland and Labrador president Rick Janega also said tree-clearing work in this province for the transmission lines will start “fairly shortly.”
Myrick confirmed additional statements, that the work would begin within the next month or so, were also accurate and suggesting a contract announcement on the right-of-way clearing was therefore coming in short order.
Local contractors interested in taking part in construction work around the Maritime Link are being advised to connect with Emera, but also the contractors shortlisted for large work packages of interest.
Procurement information is available at emeranl.com, under “procurement.”
“The best opportunity is to get in early and talk to all the different proponents and let them know what your services are in your local area, and then that gives tham a better comfort level on what they don’t have to bring from somewhere else, if they can find it locally,” Myrick said.
Maritime Link construction is expected to employ about 250-300 workers at peak, in 2015-16.