Churchill River Power Project

hydro.jpg (39544 bytes)Early in 1998, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Hydro-Quebec began formal negotiations on the development of an additional potential 4,000 megawatts of hydro-electric power on the Churchill River system in Labrador. These negotiations have progressed well, with the signing of an inter-utility Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expected in early 1999. Work has also progressed on other fronts, including technical and financial analysis, labour and environmental matters, commercial arrangements and royalties. The Province initiated discussions with the Innu people respecting their participation in the project--these negotiations are at a preliminary stage.

The $10-12 billion project involves the development of a 1,000 megawatt generating station at Churchill Falls, including the diversion of the St. Jean and Romaine Rivers in Quebec; construction of a 2,264 megawatt generating station at Gull Island; associated transmission facilities; a feasibility study for an 800 megawatt generating facility at Muskrat Falls; and a 400 kV DC transmission line to the Island of Newfoundland.

1998 Environmental and Engineering Studies, Newfoundland and Labrador

Employment Related to the Project

Submitted by:

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
(Labrador Hydro Project)

Project Time line


MOU between utilities
Binding agreements
Environmental assessment process commences
Feasibility engineering
Environmental studies
Preliminary discussions with affected local communities


Regulatory approvals
Due diligence completed
Detailed discussions with affected local communities
Financing arranged
Engineering work
Environmental studies
Environmental assessment completed


Work sites operationalized
Detailed engineering
Procurement operationalized
Construction begins


All units operational
Useful life 50+ years

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