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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 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 significantly 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

Muskrat Falls
Phase one of the Lower Churchill Project is referred to as the Muskrat Falls Project. This includes an 824 megawatt hydroelectric generating facility at Muskrat Falls, the Labrador-Island Link that will transmit power from Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond on the Avalon Peninsula, and the Maritime Link connecting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, which is being constructed by Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia.

The Muskrat Falls project was sanctioned by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in December 2012, and construction is expected to take five years to complete.

For detailed information about the Muskrat Falls Project, visit our new website at muskratfalls.nalcorenergy.com

Gull Island
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 follow no earlier than three years after the sanction of Muskrat Falls.