The Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits
Strategy released today by the Provincial Government will ensure
opportunities for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador during the
construction phase of the Lower Churchill development. The strategy
includes at least 21.5 million person hours of construction employment
on two hydroelectric developments at Gull Island and Muskrat Falls, as
well as the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, and at least 6.5 million
in engineering and project management person hours and specific Gender
Equity and Diversity Programs.
"The Lower Churchill Project is the most attractive,
undeveloped hydroelectric project in North America and has the potential
to provide significant long-term benefits to the province through the
generation and transmission of clean, renewable energy," said the
Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources. "Through the
Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits Strategy with Nalcor
Energy-Lower Churchill Project, the employment and business activity
during the construction phase of this project will bring tremendous
opportunities to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians."
Work related to the generation projects will include
construction of the Gull Island and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric
developments. The development of these two hydroelectric facilities will
provide at least 5.5 million person hours of engineering and project
management employment and 19 million person hours of construction
employment in the province.
The benefits strategy also applies to the construction
of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, a High Voltage Direct Current
(HVdc) system from central Labrador to the area of Soldiers Pond on the
island portion of the province. This work will result in at least one
million person hours of engineering and project management employment
and 2.5 million person hours of construction employment in the province.
Minister Dunderdale stated that the Lower Churchill
Construction Projects Benefits Strategy is similar to benefits
arrangements the Provincial Government has with oil and mining companies
as it outlines work to be performed in the province for the benefit of
industry and employees.
"The Lower Churchill Construction Projects Benefits
Strategy clearly outlines the kinds of activities and procedures which
will be followed by Nalcor Energy, its contractors and sub-contractors
regarding employment and business benefits," said Minister Dunderdale.
"The Lower Churchill Project will be of great benefit to the people of
Newfoundland and Labrador and the Gender Equity and Diversity programs
are critical components of this strategy. Coupled with the Lower
Churchill Project Impacts and Benefits Agreement awaiting ratification
by the membership of the Innu Nation in Labrador, these initiatives
emphasize our government’s commitment to the people of our province to
achieve maximum benefit from resource projects."
To ensure these benefits and opportunities flow to the
people of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government, through
the Lower Churchill Construction Project Benefits Strategy, will work
with Nalcor Energy-Lower Churchill Project to continue to enhance and
build necessary relationships with key industry stakeholders,
educational institutions, labour unions and Aboriginal governments and
groups. This will assist with the development and implementation of
Gender Equity and Diversity programs for all phases of the project.
Project management activities will be executed within
the province with the appropriate site management offices set up in
Labrador and other areas of the province as required. Local contractors,
service providers, consultants and suppliers will be made aware of any
opportunities associated with the Lower Churchill Project. These groups
will have full and fair access to participate on a competitive basis for
opportunities provided by the Lower Churchill Benefits Strategy.