Churchill power to flow through Codroy Valley, Cape Ray

Brodie Thomas
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The historic deal signed by Premier Danny Williams and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter last Thursday to get Churchill Falls power to the mainland will have implications for the southwest coast.

Premier Danny Williams signs the official document while Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter looks on during the signing ceremony for a $6.2-billion dollar deal for the Lower Churchill development. The deal will get hydro power from the Lower Churchill to Nova Scotia and beyond.

The underwater cable connecting Newfoundland with Cape Breton will leave land just north of Cape Ray, according to Gilbert Bennett, vice president of the Lower Churchill project.

There will be a transition compound where the cables go from above ground to underwater, but Mr. Bennett did not say how large the compound would be.

The power will flow to the undersea cable through a new set of steel hydro towers, approximately 60 to 100 feet tall beginning at a converter station to be built at Bottom Brook, near Stephenville.

“The route is anticipated to run parallel and adjacent to the existing Hydro infrastructure whenever possible, providing that there are no obstacles preventing this route (physical or environmental),” said Mr. Bennett in an e-mail.

The towers will likely be 10 to 15 feet taller than the existing hydro towers that run through the Codroy Valley, said Mr. Bennett.

He said all dimensions are based on the current information Nalcor has about the project. Numbers may change based on further engineering studies.

No land has yet been selected, but the right of way for the hydro towers is expected to be about 40 metres wide.

Public consultations will take place before any work begins.

From Cape Ray, The undersea cable is expected to run about 180 kilometres to a landing point on Cape Breton Island, not far from the Lingan power plant, which is less than an hour from Sydney.

Geographic location: Cape Ray, Codroy Valley, Cape Breton Island Newfoundland Stephenville Sydney

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  • Roy Paquette
    November 22, 2010 - 09:55

    I congratulate Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia for this hydro program. I am from Alberta so I am not up on alot of the new out east. I do have a question? Since Quebec is reaping the rewards of Newfoundland hard work in the Upper Churchill falls Hydro plan, is there anyway to divert majority of the power else where from there. Roy Paquette Edmonton Alberta