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June 30, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

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

Engineering contracts awarded for Churchill River Power Project

Charles Furey, minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, announced today the awarding of three more engineering contracts by the Labrador Hydro Project.

Acres International Limited was awarded two of the contracts. The company will conduct an optimization study of the Churchill River complex valued at approximately $154,000. Acres will also conduct a study of the probable maximum flood area of the Churchill River valued at approximately $143,000.

The Labrador Hydro Project team invited Acres in May to submit proposals for these studies due to their previous work and expertise in these areas.

N.E. Parrott Surveys Ltd. (NEPSL) was also awarded a contract. This contract, worth an estimated $28,500, involves conducting a survey of the Churchill River system using state of the art Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology.

Minister Furey said he is pleased with the progress being made on the project. "Many contracts have already been awarded for the Churchill River Power Project both for engineering and environmental studies. The companies awarded these contracts have experience and expertise in their fields."

Acres has a long history of engineering in Canada and overseas. The company has conducted many flood studies including previous studies for the Churchill River Complex. Acres also offers a full range of energy project evaluation services including system planning and economic and financial analysis.

NEPSL is a professional land surveying firm established and based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since 1983. This firm, which is focused on the Labrador market, has worked on projects throughout the province.

The awarding of these contracts follows last week's announcement by Premier Tobin awarding engineering contracts for the final feasibility studies of Muskrat Falls and the Churchill Falls extension. These two contracts, worth a combined value of an estimated $3.6 million were awarded respectively to the joint ventures of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AGRA Monenco Inc. and Rousseau Sauve Warren Inc. and EDM Consultants.

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

1998 06 30 1:25 p.m.

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