Labrador-island Link 70 per cent complete
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.
Access roads allow workers to safely travel to the corridor being cleared for the right-of-way.