Project Overview

Project Overview Astaldi Canada: A Big Company for a Big Project

Astaldi Canada will construct the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generation Facility on the lower Churchill River in Labrador. This project includes the construction of the intake and powerhouse, spillway and transition dams, with a generating station of 824MW capacity.

Contract Awarded

In December 2013, Astaldi Canada was awarded the contract to carry out the civil works for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, making us the largest employer on the project. Our work will involve the construction of an intake, powerhouse, gated spillway and transition dams, with a generating station of 824MW capacity.

The construction of the Muskrat Falls Project is taking place just 30 kilometers west of Happy Valley–Goose Bay, Labrador. The project includes a collaborative relationship with and commitment to the Labrador Innu Nation and residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, our workforce is made up of more than 90 per cent residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Other benefits our work will bring to the province include:

  • Employment opportunities for the Labrador Innu Nation and residents of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in procurement opportunities for businesses and services in Newfoundland and Labrador; and,
  • Direct economic benefits to communities near the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

At the conclusion of project, Muskrat Falls will be the second-largest hydroelectric facility in Atlantic Canada and will produce a clean, renewable source of electricity to better meet Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing energy demands.

Contract Includes

Astaldi Canada’s contract includes the construction of the intake and powerhouse, spillway and transition dams including:

  • Construction of the powerhouse and the intake which includes concreting, steel structure, embedment parts and miscellaneous metals as well as the architectural works related to the envelope of the powerhouse building;
  • Construction of the gated spillway including the upstream and downstream permanent bridges and downstream temporary bridge over the gated spillway;
  • Construction of the centre, south and north transition dams;
  • Construction of separation wall civil works related to permanent and temporary access roads, to the spillway, as well as to the downstream temporary bridge over the gated spillway;
  • The fabrication of the conventional vibrated concrete (CVC), inclusive of the mobilization, installation, operation and dismantlement of the batch plant(s), the fabrication of the aggregates for concrete from blasted rock stockpile and from sand gravel borrows areas, the supply and storage of Portland cement for the fabrication of concrete including Fly Ash and additives, the production of concrete at the batching plant and the quality control at the batch plant and at the pour location;
  • Supply of concrete to the company’s other contractors, including the delivery of concrete from the batch plant to the pour location (except as indicated in the Work Excluded Article), as well as design and testing of the mix;
  • Exploitation of borrow areas and blasted rock stockpile areas, including material processing and transportation, and rehabilitation of these sites at the end of the works;
  • Operation and maintenance of the existing de-watering systems and if required, design, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of additional necessary de-watering systems. This also includes removal of de-watering systems at the end of the Work;
  • Operation and maintenance of sedimentation ponds with associated ditches;
  • Maintenance, dust control, snow removal and ice control, sanding, culvert maintenance and emergency repairs of all temporary and permanent roads including construction roads, access ramps, work and laydown areas; and,
  • Construction, maintenance and operation of all temporary environmental mitigation measures and site restoration at completion of the work.

An estimated 500,000 cubic meters of concrete and 26,000 metric tones of reinforcing steel is expected to be used.