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  • ‘Reshaping’ to Blame as Workers Sent Home from Muskrat Falls Site

    (File photo, January 19, courtesy Nalcor.)

    According to a statement released by Pennecon, work is resuming within the week for company workers who were removed from the Muskrat Falls project site.

    Around 225 Pennecon workers were sent home from the Muskrat Falls project site on Friday for what Nalcor called a “planned reshaping” of Pennecon’s workforce.

    In a statement today Pennecon said:

    “Pennecon is temporarily demobilizing approximately 225 employees from the Converter Stations Civil Works Project while we work with our client, GE Grid, to revise the scope of work definitions and execution priorities. We anticipate this process taking a few days, and that we will resume the work next week; in the meantime, we are maintaining a crew onsite to ensure work quality and safety requirements are met.”

    VOCM News is tracking the story and will release more information as it develops.

    Earlier Story

    A large number of workers at the Muskrat Falls site, perhaps as many as 200, are being sent home due to what’s being called “reshaping” of one major subcontractor’s workforce.

    Calls to the VOCM Newsroom Friday indicated that a large number of people working for Pennecon were told they were going home on Friday. One caller described the scene at the camp in the wake of the news “chaotic”, as arrangements were being made to get workers, some of whom had only arrived days earlier, back home.

    Nalcor says the move came at the request of contractor GE GRID. Pennecon is a subcontractor working on the transmission component at the Muskrat Falls site. Nalcor says it’s part of what it calls a “planned reshaping” of Pennecon’s workforce to ensure the workforce is “the right size”.

    Nalcor says the goal is to ensure that work is carried out in a “prioritized and productive way” to “achieve best value for the transmission project”.

    It’s not immediately clear how many workers are affected, but callers indicate it could be as many as 200.

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