Wednesday, August 5, 2015

City releases details on next stage of Watson Island Pulp Mill site Clean Up

Work will soon get underway with
the removal of assets and decommissioning
of the Watson Island pulp mill site
An Ontario based management firm has been awarded the contract for the removal of assets and decommissioning of a substantial portion of the Watson Island Pulp Mill site.

The announcement came by way of a media release posted to the City's website which outlines the work to be conducted by the NRI Group, which was awarded the contract after a process conducted by the City's consulting engineers Stantec.

The project is anticipated to take two years for site preparation and decommissioning, with the work set to commence immediately.

Upon conclusion, the City notes that the industrial area will provide for a market ready site, available for redevelopment and other land uses around the one time pulp mill industrial site.

The NRI Group provides turn-key solutions for distressed assets and is a company familiar with managing pulp mill sites through North America.

Prince Rupert Mayor, Lee Brain provided a few comments related to the upcoming work to take place at Watson Island over the next two years.

“We are pleased to be able to move forward with the decommissioning of the pulp mill which will enable the site to be repurposed so that Watson Island can again contribute to the economy of Prince Rupert. This is big step forward and major win for our community today” 

No terms as to what the cost to the City will be for the work to be done, were outlined in the media release, you can review more of the background on the City's announcement here.

As we noted on the blog yesterday, it had been a while since the City had provided an update on developments at the home of one of Prince Rupert's longest running news stories.

Just last week the first indication that work was about to move into a more active phase came with a notice from the City, a notification that outlined its plans for the release of effluent and emissions from the industrial site.

For more background on the Watson Island story see our archive page here.

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