Thursday, November 13, 2014


I am ending the day reflecting on the answers in the media to some questions that I posed in my fist post of the day regarding Nalcors preparation for peak demand this Winter.

In light of the arrival of sub-zero temperatures prior to the December 21st start of Winter, I was wondering about the preparedness of Hardwoods and the new generator at Holyrood.

Hydro watchdog Danny Dumaresque was in the media today claiming that  Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will not have a generator it purchased this year up and ready for the contracted date of December 6th. An official with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro confirmed thatthe utility will not have the generator ready on schedule. 

According to VOCM News Dumaresque says the seven year old, multi-million dollar generator was money ill spent. He has been  raising issues and concerns about the purchase since the turbine was sourced.

While hydro says the delays are related to the late arrival of parts and a taking on job like this normally takes 18 months to two years to complete, sources I speak to say that there are difficulties posed by the choice of turbine and compatibility with existing infrastructure.

Kudos to Danny for keeping Nalcor transparent and accountable. We can rest assured we would not have learned of the delays through the provincial government or Nalcor.

Seems Nalcor and the Davis’ government have generated a similar issue, a lack of public confidence.

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