the “Dome”) reduced to loads of junk steel. The building is being taken down again. The photos are shocking because
they represent an enormous waste of public money.
arrogance but, this time, we have come pretty close.
|The Dome under construction at Muskrat Falls|
We don’t know Nalcor’s final cost for the “Dome”. But we do know it was never finished. To the originally proposed $120 million (the final cost may have been
higher) you can now add the cost of dismantling and removal.
Dome is being cut up for scrap readied to be sent off for re-cycling.
allows us to do construction work during the cold months here in Labrador. It
gets quite cold here during the winter,” Nalcor’s man told reporters, mid-September
2014 as they toured the construction site. Undoubtedly, they were impressed by this climatic revelation.
the structure “would require 3,800 tonnes of structural steel…”
By itself, this
is a most inadequate description of what this Building entails.
intended to be temporary structure…though not this temporary.
that required a great deal of design work and specifications which provided for
all weather loads, internal heavy lift cranes, lighting systems, heating
systems, access points, and a lot more.
steel was fabricated, and transported to site.
Concrete foundations were prepared in advance. The internal cranes were ordered
long before Building erection started; the lighting and heating
about the labour to put the Building up and to take it down…not to mention all
the mobile cranes and other equipment needed to put up such a huge structure.
what productivity is like on site and the cost of labour. There the costs of the camps and all the fly-in
and fly-out costs.
of concrete placed in the winter of 2014-2015, was next to nothing. The costs were incurred because most of the crews
would have been on site; other services, like maintenance of the concrete
batch plant, would represent a huge amount of additional money spent (wasted).
“real cost” of the enclosure was not only the $120 million (plus) Nalcor
spent on the structure.
cost” includes all of the construction costs plus the cost of delay to the project, and the cost of the effort to “try” to bring the project back on schedule.
public will never be told the true cost of the Building let alone the full
cost of the entire fiasco and especially the delays to the project.
The dome is just one part of this story of incompetence.
I have provided no captions. The photographers informed me that all the pictures were taken in the same lay-down area located in a forested area outside Goose Bay. Here they are: