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November 23, 2021

Lower Churchill – Gull Island, Canada

By Carmen

Lower Churchill – Gull Island is a 2,250MW hydro power project. It is planned on Churchill river/basin in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The project is currently in announced stage. It will be developed in single phase. Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2031.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 2,250 2,250 Announced Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Emera; Nalcor Energy


The project is being developed by Emera and Nalcor Energy. These companies also have ownership stakes in the project.

Lower Churchill – Gull Island is a run-of-river project. The gross head of the project will be 86m. The project is expected to generate 11,900 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $5,574.893m.

The hydro power project consists of 5 turbines, each with 450MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2031.

About Emera

Emera Inc (Emera) is an energy and services company. It has interests in electric and natural gas utilities, natural gas pipelines, energy marketing and trading and energy service businesses. Through ownership and equity investments in various companies, Emera generates, purchases, transmits and distributes electric power; procures, transmits, distributes and sells natural gas; markets and trades energy; and owns interests in pumped storage hydroelectric and other facilities. The company serves residential, commercial as well as industrial customers in Canada, the US, Dominica, Barbados and Bahamas. Emera is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

About Nalcor Energy

Nalcor Energy Ltd (Nalcor) is a diversified energy company. The company’s operations include energy marketing, oil and gas, fabrication and hydro operations. Its oil and gas operation manages offshore and onshore oil and gas interests in Newfoundland and Labrador, and operates projects such as White Rose Growth project and Hibernia Southern Extension project. Nalcor’s fabrication offers deepwater site, drydock fabrication and construction, and topsides fabrication and assembly. Its energy marketing operation exports surplus recapture electricity from Churchill Falls to Quebec. In addition, the company also generates and transmits electricity to utility, industrial, residential and retail customers. Nalcor is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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