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Lower Churchill transmission line completed

Submitted image —Valard's timeline of work on the project
Submitted image —Valard's timeline of work on the project

Construction has been completed on the Churchill Falls-Muskrat Falls and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link transmission lines for the Lower Churchill Project. Valard Construction LP announced the completion in Edmonton, Alta.

During the four-year project, between 2013 and 2017, employees from Valard and its sister companies worked with Nalcor Energy, to build the high-voltage power line through challenging terrain.

The last tower was actually erected in early October. Approximately one per cent of the transmission towers between Churchill Falls to Soldier’s Pond had to be reworked earlier this year by Valard because of what Nalcor termed as “minor deficiencies.”

All towers have been strung with wire, said Nalcor in a release.
“The high voltage direct current transmission line that stretches from Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond is the first of its kind in the province.”

Remote conditions and harsh weather conditions made the project a challenge, Nalcor said. Energizing the line is expected to happen in 2018.


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