The demand for electricity in Newfoundland and Labrador is increasing. Our economy is growing and residential and business electricity use continues to rise steadily.
The development of Muskrat Falls on the lower Churchill River in Labrador will provide a clean, renewable source of electricity to meet our province’s growing energy demands. It will provide homes and businesses with stable electricity rates well into the future, and will be a valuable power-producing asset for more than 100 years.
The development of Muskrat Falls represents the first phase of Nalcor Energy’s Lower Churchill Project. The project includes:
- Muskrat Falls Generating Facility
An 824 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric generating facility consisting of two dams and a powerhouse at Muskrat Falls.
- Labrador-Island Transmission Link and Transmission Assets
- 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.
- Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing: A 35km subsea cable crossing from Forteau Point, Labrador across the Strait of Belle Isle to Shoal Cove, on the Island.
- Labrador Transmission Assets: 250km High Voltage alternating current (HVac) transmission lines between Muskrat Falls and Churchill Falls.
The Muskrat Falls Project was sanctioned by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in December 2012. Construction is currently underway and expected to take five years to complete.
For more information on the Muskrat Falls Project, please visit Nalcor Energy’s website at: muskratfalls.nalcorenergy.com