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First power flowing from 824-MW Muskrat Falls Project, Nalcor Energy reports

The 824-MW Muskrat Falls Project has reached a major milestone with its first power flow, according to Canadian utility Nalcor Energy.

The first unit at Muskrat Falls was synced to the electricity grid in Labrador on Sept. 22. This is a significant milestone reached alongside Innu Nation, the company’s Indigenous partner in this development, and the contractors, unions and workers.

Muskrat Falls hydro project on the Churchill River in Labrador has been controversial, with escalating costs being a significant concern. The project is one component of the Lower Churchill complex that could eventually include the 2,250-MW Gull Island plant.

Testing on the first generating unit will continue over the next few weeks, prior to putting the unit in service this fall. Through this testing period, the unit will be put on and off the electricity grid until Nalcor Energy is ready to turn the unit over to operations.

During the commissioning period, power generated at Muskrat Falls will be added to the Labrador electricity grid. Power from the second unit is expected later this year, with the third and fourth units coming online in 2021.