Nfld. & Labrador: Nalcor building $22M transmission line to Labrador mining project (CBC News – August 19, 2019)

The provincial and federal governments announced new funding Friday for a project to provide hydroelectricity to a mining operation in western Labrador.

The province’s Department of Natural Resources said Nalcor will build a new terminal station and a 27-kilometre transmission line from the Menihek Hydroelectric Generating Station’s existing line to the Tata Steel processing site.

The transmission line will enable Tata Steel to reduce the mine’s diesel consumption by up to 40 per cent. Lisa Dempster, minister of municipal affairs and environment, says her department prioritized the project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while encouraging resource development in Labrador.

“A new transmission line is being constructed to support the mining industry — Tata in this case — and it will offset reliance on diesel and contribute to a green economy,” she said.

“This is positive news all the way around. It’s positive [in] transitioning to green energy, we all know the impacts that climate change is having.… We all have a role to play in this, so it’s a benefit to the economy and certainly good from a green perspective.”

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