AECOM wins feasibility study for DP World Prince Rupert terminal

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DP World has selected infrastructure consulting firm AECOM to conduct a feasibility and design study for the development of the second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert.

DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority entered into a two-year agreement to assess the feasibility of the new container terminal in February 2022.

The new terminal – set to be a low impact, fully electric facility – will combine cutting-edge technologies with a unique intermodal operating model to facilitate an efficient and sustainable transportation network.

AECOM will undertake a study of the project to determine the technical and financial feasibility of developing the terminal, together with the baseline studies that will be required for environmental approvals.

DP World Prince Rupert will operate the planned Logistics Park on Ridley Island and currently operates the Fairview Container Terminal, which is undergoing expansion.

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By working symbiotically with these existing terminals, the second terminal is anticipated to double the Port of Prince Rupert’s overall container capacity, adding at least 2 million TEU annually.

“This is a significant step towards strengthening Canada’s supply chain,” said Maksim Mihic, CEO & General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc.

“We are creating a fully integrated trade ecosystem within port boundaries, which will become the preferred option for Canadian exporters and importers.

“This second terminal will also set a new standard for sustainable operations – with minimal environmental and community impact.”

AECOM’s feasibility study will include a comprehensive examination of key components – including the development of a preferred operational plan; analysis of alternative options; assessment of operating costs; examination of technologies and green energy plans; examination of area roads and rail networks; geotechnical and site investigations; review with BC Hydro to establish power needs; environmental investigations; project permitting; preliminary design; cost estimating; project scheduling; and risk review and mitigation.

The Government of Canada announced CA$75 million ($56 million) of funding to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert in November 2022.

With Trigon Pacific Terminals Limited’s contribution, the total combined investment in the project would be CA$163.1 million ($122 million).

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