Muskrat Falls construction to create thousands of jobs

Muskrat Falls Hydropower Plant

Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project could create an average of 1,500 jobs in more than 70 trades through each year of its construction, developer Nalcor Energy said.

According to Nalcor, Muskrat Falls will provide 9,100 person-years of direct employment within the province, with direct employment during construction peaking in 2015 with approximately 3,300 jobs.

"We want to ensure that people in this province benefit from the significant job opportunities that will be available throughout construction," Nalcor Vice President Gilbert Bennett said. "Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are some of the most highly skilled tradespeople in the country, and we want to ensure we have the people needed to contribute to the success of this project."

Nalcor is currently holding a series of job fairs to fill the workforce required to build the US$7.4 billion plant. The developer said job fair participants will be able to learn more about specific trades and positions needed through Muskrat Falls' construction, benefits and compensation, and how to apply.

The job fairs began earlier this week and continue through the end of the month. For more information about dates, locations, and available positions, visit MuskratFallsJobs.com.

Muskrat Falls is part of the Lower Churchill complex, which would eventually include the 2,250-MW Gull Island project. Both would be located on the Churchill River in Labrador.

Nalcor awarded Italian contractor Astaldi a contract to construct Muskrat Falls' major civil works in October after awarding a $170 million contract to Andritz Hydro in February to supply turbines and generator units. Muskrat Falls received the official go-ahead from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale in December 2012.

The project has been controversial throughout its development, though multiple studies have defended it as the least-cost option for future power generation.

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