Marshall gives OK for third transmission line between Churchill Falls and Labrador West

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Premier Tom Marshall announced today that Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has been directed to proceed with the construction of a third transmission line between Churchill Falls and Labrador West.

Premier Tom Marshall

A news release notes construction of a third transmission line will help to supply power for planned new developments, such as the Kami Iron Ore Project, and improve reliability for all customers in the Labrador region.

“Our government has no higher priority than to fuel the growth of opportunities and a region that is growing in industrial activity needs a secure supply of electrical power,” Marshall said.

“Nearly three weeks ago, on the day that I was sworn in as premier, I said the decision on a new power line for this region was imminent. Today, I am announcing that the decision is made and we will be moving forward with the construction of a third line to supply power from Churchill Falls to western Labrador.”

As part of the decision, the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) will maintain its role to review the costs incurred by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and to set rates for customers in the province. All planning, design and construction activities pertaining to the transmission line will be exempt from approval by the board.

“Today’s announcement reflects our government’s support for responsible natural resource development in the province, specifically for the mining industry in western Labrador,” Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said.

“Construction of the third transmission line will meet power demands for new mining developments, attract investment into the region, and generate spin-off employment and business opportunities for the people of Labrador.”

Organizations: Iron Ore, Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Geographic location: Labrador West

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  • Andrew DuPlessis
    February 14, 2014 - 18:51

    Ann, I think this is the line that Gerard is talking about. ABD

  • joe
    February 13, 2014 - 17:41

    why do we have a PUB?? If no project ever has to go through them - are they our Queen of England?

  • jason
    February 13, 2014 - 17:40

    Corporate Psycho, the PUB will scrutinize the costs when they approve or deny rate requests just like they do every year and will ask a hundred questions. This all seems pretty normal to me, but I guess I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

  • Crazy
    February 13, 2014 - 17:15

    This is plain crazy, Mr Marshall, we don't have money for a hospital for corner brook. to save people life, But we have money for a third line, and HMP. I guess there will be a few partisan appointment after 2015 election.

  • Bryan
    February 13, 2014 - 15:18

    The Chinese gov't, thru Hebei Iron and Steel, own 25% of Alderon/Kami Project, so they can't pay for the line? If I put a house where there are no power lines I have to know what when Danny Williams was made a Director of this company I knew it was going to get what it wanted

  • darrell
    February 13, 2014 - 15:07

    I see the PC's are pulling out all the stops now. Too late Marshall and take your clown Dalley with you and go home.

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 13, 2014 - 14:48

    Exempt from the PUB. That says it all. Marshall is starting to make Danny/Dunderdale look transparent. Doesn't it feel good to be financing the lives of the rich?