5th March 2020

Knowledge Type

Case study Lessons learned report


, The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Major Project

Muskrat Falls

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Muskrat Falls – Anatomy of a Misguided Project


Between 2004 and 2007, GNL and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NLH) worked on a comprehensive Energy Plan that would provide strategic direction and policy guidelines for the development of the province’s energy resources. On May 8, 2006, Premier Danny Williams announced that Newfoundland and Labrador would undertake the Lower Churchill Project (LCP), namely—development of potential generation assets at Gull Island and Muskrat Falls. Doing so, he said, would maximize the returns to the province and allow us to be “masters of our own destiny”.

This report, in six volumes, explains what went wrong with this ‘misguided mega project’.