Emera replaces key contractor on Maritime Link project

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Work on the southwest Newfoundland portion of the Maritime Link will resume ‘immediately’ after one of the project’s main contractors was replaced due to ongoing financial troubles, says the company in charge of the project, CBC has reported.

Emera announced in early August that  it had replaced Abengoa S.A. with two other contractors, the Emera subsidiary Emera Utility Services and Rokstad Power, headquartered in B.C.

“As quick as possible, you’ll start to see work on the ground, getting access roads ready as well as getting teams in place to actually do the work,” said Jeff Myrick, a spokesperson for Emera Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Newfoundland portion of the Maritime LInk

Myrick said while some site work has been ongoing in the area between Bottom Brook and Cape Ray by smaller contractors, the new companies involved means there could be new jobs available.

“There’s still an opportunity for local people to have work opportunities,” he said.

Abegonia’s original $197 million Maritime Link contract was originally awarded in March, 2015.  However, the company filed for creditor protection that November, and has since failed to meet both payroll deadlines and project milestones, CBC reported.

“We are immensely proud that we’ve been selected by Emera’s NSMPL Company to step in and finish the Maritime Link Project,” Rockstad Power president Aaron Rokstad said in a statement. “Even more exciting is that we will be performing the work with our new joint venture partner, Emera Utility Services.  This is a huge win for us!”

Image: Rockstad Power linesmen at the ENMAX Lineman Rodeo and Safety Expo in Calgary.

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