Atlantica Centre For Energy

Muskrat Falls Project

The Churchill River in Labrador is a significant source of renewable, clean electrical energy. The existing 5,428 megawatt (MW) Churchill Falls Generating Station, which began producing power in 1971, harnesses about 65% of the potential generating capacity of the river. The remaining 35% is located at two sites on the lower Churchill River, known as the Lower Churchill Project.

The Lower Churchill hydroelectric project consists of two of the best undeveloped hydroelectric sites in North America: Gull Island, located 225 kilometres downstream from the existing Churchill Falls Generating Station; and Muskrat Falls, located 60 kilometres downstream from Gull Island.

Phase One, the Muskrat Falls Project, includes construction of an 824 MW hydroelectric generating facility, over 1,600 km of transmission lines across the province, and the Maritime Link between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The project is an essential component of Nalcor’s commitment to sustainability and climate change management. Once in service, power from Muskrat Falls will help meet the province’s long-term energy needs by providing clean, renewable energy for future generations.

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The proposed Atlantic Link would further connect this power from NL to New England.


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