Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity project in Newfoundland and Labrador falls further behind schedule

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muscat Falls hydroelectric project is once again behind schedule.

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Documents submitted to the province’s public utility board say the project’s total November 26 completion date is “not achievable.”

The Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Report of 7 October states that problems persist with the transmission line carrying electricity from Labrador to the island of Newfoundland.

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The report states that GE Canada has yet to fix all the bugs in the software required to operate the line.

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Muscat Falls is already several years behind schedule and significantly over budget, and it is unclear whether the latest delay will affect its bottom line.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $5.2 billion refinancing deal for the project in July, to help offset costs that would otherwise have been nearly double the province’s residential electricity rates.

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