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Status: ACTIVE MONITORING

  • NIRB File No:

    08MN053

  • Application No.:

    123910

  • Project Type:

    Mine Development

  • Project Name:

    Mary River Project

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The Mary River Project was assessed by the NIRB from 2008 – 2012. It was approved to proceed on December 28, 2012 subject to the terms and conditions of Project Certificate No. 005. This project dashboard contains the original assessment information as well as monitoring information through to the approval of an amended Project Certificate associated with the Early Revenue Phase Proposal in 2014.

Modified from the 2008 Project Description: The Mary River Project (“the Project”) is a proposed iron ore mine and associated facilities located on North Baffin Island, in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut. The Project involves the construction, operation, closure, and reclamation of an 18 million tonne-per-annum (Mt/a) open pit mine. The high-grade iron ore to be mined is suitable for international shipment after only crushing and screening and as such, no chemical processing facilities are required for this Project. A railway system will transport the ore from the mine area to an all-season deep-water port and ship loading facility at Steensby Inlet where the ore will be loaded into ore carriers for overseas shipment through Foxe Basin. A dedicated fleet of cape-sized ore carriers, capable of breaking ice, will be chartered by Baffinland from a consortium of ship owners organized by Fednav. Some non-icebreaking ore carriers and conventional ships will also be used during the open water season.

All major Project components will operate year round and, based on the currently-defined iron ore reserve, will continue to operate for about 21 years. Geological conditions suggest that additional ore may be delineated as exploration continues, potentially extending the life and/or increasing the production rate of the Project.

The Mary River site is located about 160 km south of the community of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) and 1000 km northwest of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Project facilities will be sited in the mine area at Mary River and port area at Steensby Inlet, with a railway line and access road connecting the two. Marine access and shipping through the construction phase and periodically during operation will occur seasonally through Milne Inlet and the existing Milne Inlet Tote Road will therefore be used periodically to access Mary River during frozen conditions. Shipping through Steensby Inlet will be seasonal through construction and year-round through operation. Access to the Project sites for personnel will be by chartered aircraft.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Technical advisor assigned 2021-03-08
  • Technical advisor assigned 2021-03-08
  • Technical advisor assigned 2021-03-08
  • Technical advisor assigned 2021-03-08
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-08-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-08-14
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Comments on Draft Hearing Agenda 2020-08-13
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2020-08-12
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2020-08-10
  • Technical advisor assigned 2020-08-06
  • NIRB Notification to Parties Comments Received 2020-07-29
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-07-02
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-04-16
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-04-16
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-04-14
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-04-03
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2020-02-25
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re comments received 2020-02-14
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-02-11
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-02-10
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2020-02-03
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2020-01-28
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re proponent response to final written submissions 2020-01-28
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-01-24
  • Send Notification to Parties 2020-01-02
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-12-16
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-12-13
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of Project Certificate Consideration Request 2019-12-09
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-12-02
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Final Hearing Transcripts 2019-11-29
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-18
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-13
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-11-01
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-10-18
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re proponent response to final written submissions 2019-10-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-10-02
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2019-09-30
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2019-09-30
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-09-27
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-09-06
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Public Hearing Date Set 2019-08-21
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-08-15
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-07-31
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-19
  • Additional Plans: Due Date set 2019-07-19
  • NIRB Notification to Parties Comments Received 2019-07-16
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-06-24
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-06-17
  • NIRB Issues Monitoring Report and Recommendations for Proponent 2019-06-06
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-05-27
  • Technical advisor assigned 2019-05-22
  • Technical advisor assigned 2019-05-22
  • Technical advisor assigned 2019-04-18
  • Technical advisor assigned 2019-04-18
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-03-27
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-03-27
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments Extended 2019-03-27
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-03-27
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-03-26
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-03-14
  • Additional Plans: Commenting in progress 2019-03-11
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2019-02-12
  • Send Notification to Parties 2019-02-05
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2018-12-19
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Proponent Response received 2018-12-17
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Proponent Response received 2018-12-17
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Proponent Response received 2018-12-17
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Proponent Response received 2018-12-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-12-17
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-11-21
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-11-21
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-11-21
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2018-07-27
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re comments received 2018-07-12
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of Project Certificate Consideration Request 2018-06-26
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re reconsideration of Project Certificate 2017-10-26
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of Project Certificate Consideration Request 2017-09-01
  • Send Notification to Parties 2017-09-01
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Proponent response received 2016-12-15
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  • North Baffin
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