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EDITORIAL: Jobs one Link benefit

The turning of soil at Bottom Brook for the Maritime Link converter site took place on Wednesday. While this was only a symbolic event for politicians and top company brass carrying out the transmission link megaproject to get in front of media cameras, it did provide the opportunity to explain some details.

Many tons of earth have already been moved with about two months of work left to fully prepare the site for the construction of the converter station, consisting of a massive building about eight stories in height.

Outside the building there will be a large yard of hydro towers and other structures similar to those at the existing Hydro sub-station at the same location.

A layout area has also been prepared for the storage of equipment.

The converter site will be used to change alternating current to direct current as the latter is easier to transmit over long distances, which will take place between Bottom Brook and Nova Scotia.

But the main emphasis right now seems to be on the jobs being created for people in this province and in Nova Scotia, providing the opportunity for young people to live and work close to home.

In addition to preparing this site, there has been ongoing work clearing the transmission line that will be run later, as well as the construction of a road at Indian Head on the Stephenville Crossing side for a grounding site.

There will be lots more jobs to come during the construction phase in the next few years leading up to the actual transmission of the electricity, expected to take place in 2017.

In addition to the direct jobs being created by this Maritime Link project, there are other spinoffs in the community resulting in more job security for the people who supply and provide services to this project.

Overall, it’s a big benefit to the community, especially when young people are gaining experience in work they wouldn’t traditionally be getting close to home.

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