Former premier Danny Williams, who sits on the board of directors for Alderon Iron Ore, said he’s convinced that the provincial government will green-light a new power line from Churchill Falls to Labrador West.
The new transmission line is necessary for the Kami iron ore mine, and it’s essentially the only hurdle left for Alderon before it starts financing and building the project.
“From a business side, it’s a no-brainer. I mean it has to happen otherwise there’s no project, and it’s a good project for western Labrador,” Williams said Monday.
More than two weeks ago, Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said that a decision on the new transmission line would come within a week or so.
On Friday, Premier Tom Marshall said an announcement would be coming imminently, but still, the government hasn’t given any official indication of what it’s going to do.
Williams said he’s confident that the government will approve the line.
“It’ll employ hundreds and hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” he said.
“No juice, no project. It’s as simple as that. But I think that government gets that. I mean, the company has been after government now for a couple years, and I think basically what government needed was assurance that this project was a go.”