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June 18, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the request of the Labrador Hydro Project, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro:

Environmental contracts awarded

Contracts to conduct environmental studies for the Churchill River Power Project were announced today by the Labrador Hydro Project team. The contracts were awarded to two local firms.

A contract to study the aquatic environment in the Goose Bay Estuary worth approximately $500,000 has been split between AGRA Earth and Environmental and Jacques Whitford Environment Limited (JWEL). AGRA will carry out an extensive oceanographic data collection and modeling program. JWEL will survey the intertidal areas and collect data on the seasonal distribution and abundance of fish in the estuary. Jacques Whitford was also awarded an estimated $110,000 contract to manage logistics for all of the 1998 field programs from a base in Goose Bay. These contracts prepare the way for environmental assessments which will be conducted between 1998 and 2001. In total, 24 environmental studies will be undertaken this year.

All environmental contracts are being awarded on a competitive basis. The Labrador Hydro Project requested a statement of qualifications in May from interested environmental consultants. Requests for proposals were then sent to companies based on their statement of qualifications.

Work scopes were prepared by the Labrador Hydro Project Environment team in conjunction with the Innu Nation and Hydro-Quebec. As the Innu are participating in the environmental assessment process, the work scope and summaries of the studies will also be provided in their language, Innu-Aimun.

AGRA, one of Canada's largest full service environmental consulting firms, has its Atlantic headquarters in St. John's. It employs over 25 professionals from two offices in St. John's and Argentia. The company has conducted numerous environmental assessments, resource inventories and environmental audits across Canada and the United States.

JWEL operates worldwide delivering environmental, engineering and socio-management services. JWEL has had an office in St. John's for over 18 years and one in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since 1995.

Contact: Karen Humphreys Blake, Labrador Hydro Project, (709) 737-1823

1998 06 18 2:10 p.m.

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