New transmission line to bring green power to Labrador mining sector
August 16, 2019
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Ottawa today announced funding for a new power transmission line and terminal station in Menihek, western Labrador.
“It’s great news for Labrador that a new transmission line is being constructed to support the mining industry, offset reliance on diesel, and contribute to a green economy,” said Minister of Natural Resources Siobhan Coady. “As a province, we have initiated Mining the Future 2030 – a plan for growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador mining industry and the way forward on mineral development. The initiative announced today supports the work we are doing to achieve our mining the future goals.”
This project involves building a new terminal station and a 27-kilometre transmission line from Nalcor Energy’s Menihek Hydroelectric Generating Station existing transmission line to the Tata Steel Minerals Canada processing site. This new infrastructure will enable Tata Steel Minerals to offset diesel-fired generation with clean, renewable hydropower, reducing the mine’s diesel consumption by up to 40 per cent.
Ottawa is investing more than $6.8 million in this transmission project, which will be constructed by Nalcor Energy, through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
“Access to reliable sources of clean, renewable energy is essential to building a healthy, sustainable future,” said Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador, on behalf of Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development. “This project will benefit Newfoundland and Labrador by reducing its reliance on diesel and eliminating more than 558,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere over the lifespan of the project, protecting families and the environment.”