Grieg NL pre­par­ing site for con­struc­tion phase

Perry Power said work to start within weeks

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

Perry Power, hu­man re­source man­ager with Grieg NL, said the com­pany was ex­cited to learn the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had re­leased the com­pany’s Pla­cen­tia Bay Aqua­cul­ture project from the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment process.

“Clearly, we’re ex­tremely happy,” he said. “It’s been a long road, a very in­volved process with the gov­ern­ment, but we’re very pleased with the re­sults. We’re ex­cited, and we’re ex­cited for the whole area.”

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Thurs­day, Sept. 6, that the project by Grieg NL, which in­cludes a salmon hatch­ery in Marys­town and 11 sea cages in Pla­cen­tia Bay, would be cleared from the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment process.

He added that the an­nounce­ment will be the be­gin­ning of what will be one of the “an­chor in­dus­tries” for the Burin Penin­sula.

Power told The South­ern Gazette work will be­gin within the next num­ber of weeks to pre­pare the site for the con­struc­tion of the three build­ings.

He added that be­fore work can be­gin at the site, the com­pany must sub­mit some in­for­ma­tion to the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment.

“Phase 1 is the civil works, which is site readi­ness,” he said. “Be­fore we were in­ter­rupted, that was al­ready awarded to Pen­necon … They’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing from blast­ing to gen­eral site readi­ness.”

Power said Phase 2, deal­ing with the lay­ing of con­crete for the fa­cil­ity, has yet to be awarded, but “that’s when you’ll see a big up-swing in em­ploy­ment.”

He said the ini­tial con­struc­tion phase, which will con­sist of the hatch­ery, the smolti­fi­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and the post-smolt fa­cil­ity, will take from 18 to 24 months.

The Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment ex­plained that as part of the re­lease, the project will be sub­ject to more than 15 terms and con­di­tions that will en­sure de­vel­op­ment pro­ceeds in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­ner.

See SHIPYARD, page 2

FILE PHOTO

Perry Power is ex­cited for the fu­ture of the com­pany’s aqua­cul­ture project in Pla­cen­tia Bay.

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