Nal­cor re­leas­ing re­quest for pro­pos­als for ten­ants at Bull Arm site

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET TRIN­ITY BAY, NL jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

There could be new in­dus­try on its way to Trin­ity Bay, as Nal­cor En­ergy is pre­par­ing a re­quest for pro­pos­als for the Bull Arm fab­ri­ca­tion site.

Ac­cord­ing to Pla­cen­tia WestBelle­vue MHA Mark Browne, the re­quest for pro­pos­als is set to go ahead after a pre­vi­ous call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in March. He says it was mar­keted to both lo­cal and global in­dus­tries that could avail of the Bull Arm site to see what op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­isted.

Browne says ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est were re­ceived rang­ing from in­dus­trial fab­ri­ca­tion to sup­ply ser­vic­ing and marine op­er­a­tions.

Bull Arm was pre­vi­ously the site for Exxon Mo­bil’s He­bron oil plat­form fab­ri­ca­tion, which was com­pleted and towed to the Grand Banks this past spring. That lease is ex­pir­ing soon.

The up­com­ing re­quest for pro­pos­als is a way for Nal­cor to for­mally eval­u­ate new po­ten­tial ten­ants, said Browne.

“We want to be proac­tive in plan­ning for the fu­ture of Bull Arm, which will gen­er­ate sus­tain­able jobs for the fu­ture, which is why I’ve been work­ing with (Nat­u­ral Re­sources) Min­is­ter Siob­han Coady to push Nal­cor to take th­ese steps,” Browne told the Packet on Thurs­day, Oct. 26.

“We’re very pleased that we’ll

be hope­fully in a po­si­tion that Bull Arm will have a new ten­ant once this process is con­cluded.”

Browne adds that after the eval­u­a­tion, the in­ten­tion is for Nal­cor to en­ter lease ne­go­ti­a­tions with one or more po­ten­tial pro­po­nents that re­spond to this re­quest.

PACKET FILE PHOTO

Exxon Mo­bil’s He­bron oil plat­form was fab­ri­cated at Nal­cor En­ergy’s Bull Arm site.

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