Port of Sept-Îles, one of North America’s largest ore-handling ports with an annual volume of close to 25 million tonnes, is delighted that Société ferroviaire et portuaire de Pointe-Noire (SFPPN) has retained local contractor Groupe G7 to build the conveyor that will link the multi-user dock to SFPPN storage facilities. This local contract, a $15 million investment on the part of SFPPN, is in keeping with the agreements stipulating that users of the multi-user dock are responsible for linking it to their storage facilities.

This new regional infrastructure project follows on the December strategic agreements between SFPPN and Port of Sept-Îles setting out the terms and conditions for priority construction of the conveyor.

As the instigator of the multi-user approach and partner with SFPPN from day one, the Port will cooperate in every way possible to ensure the project is delivered on time so that loading operations can start at the multi-user dock before the end of the year.

“We’d like to acknowledge the Quebec government’s leadership in helping ensure that the contract benefits the region by going to a local company. Government investments at Pointe-Noire in recent years show that Quebec is attentive to the region’s needs and realizes the importance of supporting the iron mining industry,” said Pierre Gagnon, CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles.