The Port of Quebec is giving up on starting construction of its Laurentia container terminal in 2021 and announces that with the three-month deadline requested from the Federal Agency, we are now targeting 2022.
The President and CEO of the Quebec Port Authority (APQ), Mario Girard, confirmed this on Tuesday morning during a press conference on the report of the Port’s activities in 2020.
“We forget 2021 as the year of construction,” announced Mr. Girard. “We will listen to people to restart construction at the start of 2022.”
This is because the QPA asked the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada for three months to submit the final report on the environmental impacts of the project.
Thus, the first quarter of 2021 will be used to meet citizens and learn about the 109 briefs submitted by the community in order to respond to the many questions raised by the Agency. The latter, in its preliminary report, was concerned about the negative environmental impacts of Laurentia.
Originally, the Port was to start its calls for tenders for the realization of the project around the fall of 2021. But “we have given up” to this schedule, in the light of the preliminary conclusions of the Agency, and the outcry. they provoked in the community, submitted Mr. Girard.
$ 55 million for Contrecoeur
Moreover, the Port of Quebec’s announcement comes as the government announces $ 55 million in assistance for the start-up of the Port of Montreal’s container terminal project in Contrecoeur.
Far from considering that this is a setback for Laurentia, the CEO welcomed this help and repeated that according to him, the projects are not in competition. In Montreal, the new CEO of the Port, Martin Imbleault, did not want to comment on the progress of the Laurentia project, but affirmed that “it is the market which dictates the development of the infrastructures”.
More details to come …