Labrador-is­land Link 70 per cent com­plete

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The Labrador-is­land Link project is about 70 per cent com­plete, Nal­cor En­ergy an­nounced March 20.

And the way has been cleared to plug the is­land part of the prov­ince into Labrador for fu­ture trans­mis­sion of Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric power.

Ken Sparkes, area man­ager for clear­ing and ac­cess with the Lower Churchill Project, stated in a news re­lease last week that af­ter nearly three years of work, the right-of-way tree clear­ing and ac­cess road con­struc­tion is com­plete.

Now tower con­struc­tion and wire string­ing will con­tinue un­til the Labrador-is­land link is com­pleted.

“The com­bi­na­tion of a re­lent­less project team and re­source­ful con­trac­tors was the key to the safe and suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this work,” Sparkes stated.

The right-of-way work will al­low for the high-volt­age di­rect cur­rent trans­mis­sion line to run from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to Sol­diers Pond on the Avalon Penin­sula.

It will bring en­ergy from Labrador to the is­land for the first time.

The re­lease notes right-ofway clear­ing and con­struc­tion of ac­cess roads be­gan in June 2014.

Right-of-way and as­so­ci­ated ac­cess roads have been con­structed for the 1,100-kilo­me­tre-long trans­mis­sion line to pro­vide safe ac­cess and travel for work­ers.

Con­struc­tion across the prov­ince’s rugged ter­rain at nu­mer­ous ac­tive work fronts in­volved mul­ti­ple New­found­land and Labrador com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Spring­dale For­est Re­sources, John­son’s Con­struc­tion Ltd., C&T En­ter­prises and Mike Kelly & Sons Ltd.

To date, all 1,282 tow­ers have been erected, with 65 per cent of con­duc­tor string­ing com­plete on the Labrador por­tion of the project. On the is­land, work is pro­gress­ing with 30 per cent of tower erec­tion com­plete and string­ing op­er­a­tions ramp­ing up.

SUB­MIT­TED

Ac­cess roads al­low work­ers to safely travel to the cor­ri­dor be­ing cleared for the right-of-way.

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