Lower Churchill Project
The hydroelectric potential of Muskrat Falls and Gull Island make the lower Churchill River in Labrador the best undeveloped hydroelectric source in North America. Together, they have a combined capacity of more than 3,000 megawatts, will be able to provide 16.7 terawatt hours of electricity a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road each year.
The Lower Churchill Project will be developed in two phases: first, Muskrat Falls and then Gull Island.
Phase 1 - Muskrat Falls
Phase 2 - Gull Island
Sanctioned in December 2012, construction on the Muskrat Falls Project will take five years with first power expected in 2017. The development of the Muskrat Falls Project in Newfoundland and Labrador includes:
Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generation Facility
An 824 MW hydroelectric generation facility consisting of two dams and a powerhouse at Muskrat Falls.
•Labrador-Island Link: A 60m wide, 1,100km High Voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission line from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to Soldiers Pond on the Avalon Peninsula.
•Labrador Transmission: 250km High Voltage alternating current (HVac) transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls.
Strait of Belle Isle Cable Crossing
A 35km subsea cable crossing from Forteau Point, Labrador across the Strait of Belle Isle to Shoal Cove, on the Island of Newfoundland.
In addition, a 480km HVdc Maritime Transmission Link between the Island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia is planned and will be financed and constructed by Nova Scotia’s Emera Inc. For additional information on the Maritime Link, please visit Emera NL’s website at: www.emeranl.com
The Muskrat Falls Project will mean:
• Long-term stable electricity rates for generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
• Lowest-cost power for homes and businesses
• An end to dependence on oil and unstable electricity prices
• Energy for future mining and industrial development in the province
• A link to North America’s electricity grid for exports
• Clean, renewable power – 98% sustainable energy
Phase Two of the Lower Churchill Project will consist of the development of the 2,250 MW Gull Island generation facility and associated transmission to markets. The proposed development of Gull Island would begin at least three years after Muskrat Falls and is expected to take about eight years.
Gull Island will focus primarily on export and potential for industrial growth in Labrador.
Nalcor Energy is dedicated to ensuring communities and residents receive accurate, timely information and have the opportunity to provide comments through meetings, open houses, one-on-one discussions, presentations and workshops.
Public consultation and regular communication with residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, especially those who may be impacted by the Lower Churchill Project, is a top priority for Nalcor.
Nalcor is committed to continued consultation and dialogue throughout construction of the Muskrat Falls Project. Upcoming consultation events, information sessions and speaking engagements will be advertised in the News and Publications section of our Information Centre.