Valard Construction, a Quanta Services company, was selected by Labrador-Island Link Partnership, a subsidiary of Nalcor Energy, to install transmission infrastructure for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link project. Valard will install approximately 684 mi (1,100 km) of 350-kV overhead high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line running from the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generating Facility in central Labrador to Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.
"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," said Gilbert Bennett, vice president, Lower Churchill Project for Nalcor Energy.
Quanta Services has mobilized resources for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link project and expects the project to be completed during the summer of 2017. Valard's scope of work includes all construction aspects of the project, including geomatic services, management of right-of-way clearing, access and reclamation, installation of concrete foundations, tower assembly and erection and conductor stringing.
"This is the largest individual transmission project ever awarded to Quanta, which reflects Nalcor Energy's confidence in our ability to safely deliver this project on schedule. Quanta brings significant scope, scale and financial resources, as well as a track record of safely executing large, complex projects, to the Labrador-Island Transmission Link," said Jim O'Neil, president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services. "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."
"Valard is proud to be part of this historic energy project in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Adam Budzinski, president of Valard Construction. "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."