Valard to install for Labrador-Island Transmission Link project

Quanta Services unit Valard Construction was selected by Nalcor Energy unit Labrador-Island Link Partnership to install transmission infrastructure for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link project.

Valard will install 350-kV overhead lines that will run 684 miles from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility in central Labrador to Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula., according to TransmissionHub.

The line, which will include an 18.6-mile underground line beneath the Strait of Belle Isle, will transmit up to 900 MW.

“Valard has a proven track record of delivering large transmission projects in Canada and we are confident in their capability to complete this critical component of the Muskrat Falls project,” Gilbert Bennett, vice president of the Lower Churchill Project for Nalcor Energy, said in an Aug. 11 statement.

Quanta Services has gathered resources for the Labrador—Island Transmission Link project and anticipates the project will be complete during the summer of 2017. The scope of Valard’s work includes all construction aspects of the project, consisting of geomatic services, management of right-of-way clearing, access and reclamation, installation of concrete foundations, tower assembly and erection and conductor stringing.

According to Jim O’Neil, Quanta Services president and CEO, the Labrador—Island Transmission Link is the largest transmission project ever awarded to Quanta Services, which reflects Nalcor Energy’s confidence in the company’s ability to efficiently deliver the project on schedule.

“Once the project is complete, we plan to maintain a long-term presence in the area to further support the province’s future energy infrastructure needs,” O’Neil said.

Adam Budzinski, president of Valard Construction, said that the company is “proud to be part of this historic energy project in Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, construction of the Labrador—Island Transmission Link provides job opportunities to our large Newfoundland and Labrador workforce currently working on projects in Alberta and British Columbia, which should positively impact the local economy.”

Nalcor will fund $1.37 billion of the project, and Emera will fund $550 million. The total estimated cost of the project is $2.1 billion.

Valard is Quanta Services’ largest operating unit in Canada. Valard is a full-service engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, skilled in providing turnkey solutions for power system requirements throughout Canada.

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