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Italian firm nabs $1B Muskrat falls contract

The scope of work includes construction of the power house, intake and gated spillway

Rome, Italy—Astaldi Canada, a subsidiary of Italian firm Astaldi SpA, has been awarded preferred contractor status and a $1-billion contract for work at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating facility project, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

The scope of work includes construction of the power house, intake and gated spillway. Works is slated to start before the end of the current year and last for approximately four years.

The 824 MW Muskrat Falls development, along with the 2,250 MW Gull Island project, is part of a larger plan to develop the lower Churchill River.

With a combined capacity of over 3,000 MW, these projects represent the best undeveloped hydroelectric resource in North America.

“We’ve followed an extensive evaluation and selection process or this contract package,” said Gilbert Bennett, Vice President, Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project.

Nalcor Energy, the client responsible for the development, is a Crown Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador responsible for leading the development of energy resources in Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our goal was to identify the contractor that could meet the technical requirements of the work while providing the best overall value for the project and the people of this province,” said Bennett

“Work on the Muskrat Falls project is progressing. The number of people working on site has grown to approximately 900 and with the start of construction on the powerhouse, that trend will continue.”

Headquartered in St. John’s, N L, Nalcor handles the development, generation, transmission and sale of electricity; the exploration, development, production and sale of oil and gas; industrial fabrication;and energy marketing.

ASTALDI GROUP is the leading General Contractor in Italy, working in the design, construction and management of public infrastructures and large-scale civil engineering works, mainly in the transport infrastructure, energy production plant, civil and industrial construction and plant engineering sectors.

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