Canada gives Emera loan guarantee for Nova Scotia Maritime link

Friday, March 07, 2014

Reuters - Canada has finalized a federal loan guarantee of up to C$1.3 billion for Nova Scotia power company Emera Inc's Maritime Link power transmission project to connect the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

"We are working to put the financing in place as soon as possible, which we expect to happen in the second quarter of 2014," Chris Huskilson, president and chief executive of Emera, said in a statement Thursday.

Jeff Myrick, a spokesman for Emera, said Friday that Nova Scotia power customers should save about C$250 million over the life of the project due to the federal loan guarantee because it will allow the company to get better financing terms.

The Maritime Link is Emera's part of the first phase of the Lower Churchill Falls project, which includes the 824-megawatt Muskrat Falls hydropower plant in Labrador, the Labrador-Island Transmission Link from Labrador to Newfoundland and the Maritime Link. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

Emera and Newfoundland and Labrador province-owned energy company Nalcor Energy agreed in 2012 that Emera would invest 20 percent of the total cost of developing the first phase of the project and build the Maritime Link in return for 20 percent of the energy from Muskrat Falls for 35 years.

That 20 percent investment will cost about C$1.56 billion, according to Emera.

The first phase of the Churchill Falls project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will cost about C$7.8 billion, including both Nalcor and Emera's investments.

Nalcor, which will control the remaining 80 percent of the project's power, is building the Muskrat Falls plant, a transmission line connecting Muskrat Falls to its existing 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydropower plant and the Labrador-Island Link.

Nalcor has said it expects to use about 40 percent of the project's power to meet domestic needs, with the other 40 percent available for the province or for sale to utilities in eastern Canada or the U.S. Northeast.

The Maritime Link will have about 500 MW of capacity and will include a 180-kilometer (112 miles) undersea link from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia.

French cable company Nexans SA will build the undersea cable.

Emera's Myrick said the company started clearing the trees in the right-of-way for the Maritime Link three weeks ago.

Emera will also own about 29 percent of the 900-MW Labrador-Island Link in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Labrador-Island Link will run 1,100 km from Labrador to Newfoundland, including 30 km under the Strait of Belle Isle between Labrador and Newfoundland, according to Nalcor's website.

Nalcor hopes to build the second phase of the Lower Churchill Falls project - a 2,250-MW hydropower plant at Gull Island - at some point in the future.

Maritime Reporter November 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Wärtsilä, Diesel United Renew Pact

Wärtsilä and Diesel United Ltd in Japan have signed a ten-year renewal of their co-operation agreement for the sale, manufacturing and servicing of Wärtsilä low-speed marine engines.

Delta "T" Hooks for Offshore Customer

Gaining further ground into the offshore crane market, Delta "T" Systems supplied Cranston Eagle hooks to crane manufacturer Appleton Marine, Inc.   These cranes

China to Import 335 MT of Naphtha, Wants More

China is set to import more than 335,000 tonnes of naphtha and diesel, rare moves for the world's no. 2 oil consumer given it has been self-sufficient at meeting domestic oil product demand,

Finance

Italy Ending Med Sea Rescues

Rights groups warn of risk of more deaths; EU mission Triton will have more limited scope. Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Extend Strike Deadline

The union that represents workers on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, has extended a strike deadline to Monday at 5 p.

Mitsubishi Exits Cruise Business; Books $357m Loss

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced its decision to book an extraordinary loss from its cruise ship business in the company's consolidated financial

Energy

U.S. Drillers Cut Rigs to Lowest since August

Energy companies have reduced the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States to the lowest since August, shifting more rigs in favor of natural gas as crude prices dive,

Arctic Oil: Bourbon to Enter Arctic Market in 2016

Bourbon plans to enter the growing Arctic Offshore market in 2016 with a new Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel built by the Vard shipyard. This AHTS (Anchor

Libyan Government: Ports, Oil Fields Safe

Libyan oil ports and fields are safe and under government control, the country's interior minister said on Friday after visting the eastern Brega port. "This

Government Update

Italy Ending Med Sea Rescues

Rights groups warn of risk of more deaths; EU mission Triton will have more limited scope. Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,

MARAD Tests Alternative Power for Ships

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy.   The National Defense

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Extend Strike Deadline

The union that represents workers on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, has extended a strike deadline to Monday at 5 p.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2041 sec (5 req/sec)