Churchill project on hold

A major aboriginal group in Canada has suspended talks with the Labrador and Newfoundland provincial governments over the development of the 3200 MW Churchill River hydropower project. The Innu Nation has said that it will no longer talk to the provincial governments because of long standing differences.

The electric utilities in Quebec and Newfoundland are hoping to reach a pact by February or March 1999 on developing the generating capacity. The C$12bn ($7.86m) project involves the addition of two new 500 MW turbines to the existing 5400 MW Churchill Falls site in Labrador, and the installation of eight generators totalling 2200 MW at Gull Island.