Chitin plant shelved in Bay de Verde
The plan to establish a multimillion-dollar chitin and chitosan production facility in Bay de Verde appears to have been quietly shelved.
In a news release, the Department of Environment and Conservation announced that Quinlan Brothers Ltd. has withdrawn its application for environmental assessment.
Several years ago, the company looked to establish a similar operation in Old Perlican to produce chitin and chitosan, which are natural derivatives of shrimp and crab shell waste. It can be used in water treatment systems, drilling fluids and cosmetic products.
Despite the province’s approval of an environmental preview report in March of 2009, there was enough opposition from Old Perlican residents to shelve the project until Quinlan Brothers looked at Bay de Verde as a option. The company has facilities in both communities.
Residents of Bay de Verde had their own environmental concerns about the project, and the town council narrowly voted to approve it in 2011 by a 4-3 margin. The Department of Environmental and Conservation requested an environmental preview report in August of that year and issued guidelines for preparing that report two months later. The report was never submitted.
Last month, the same government department announced that Quinlan Brothers was looking to develop a shell by-product drying facility. It would be located approximately 600 metres off the main road in Bay de Verde along the same route where shell waste is currently sent to a local landfill.
The chemical-free drying process would only involve emissions of steam. The project is currently undergoing an environmental assessment.
The Quinlan Brothers Ltd. plant in Bay de Verde. The company recently shelved plans to build a chitin production facility in the community.