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Muskrat Falls is considered commissioned

Hydro CEO Jennifer Williams says that Muskrat Falls is considered commissioned.

The project has been the centre of negative press from the years of delays to the ballooning cost overruns.

The project was announced in 2010. On November 30, 2012, a federal loan guarantee deal for financing of the project was signed by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter.

In September 2020, the first unit at Muskrat Falls was synced to the electricity grid in Labrador. Power from the remaining three units was originally expected to come online in the fall of 2021.

In July 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada would provide the project with $5.2 billion of support to compensate for its large cost overrun.

Power is transmitted to Newfoundland via a 2.1 billion dollar high-voltage direct current line.

Over the weekend NL Hydro completed the second 700 MW high power pole trip test of the Labrador Island Link. The system performed as expected with no customer outages.


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