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Status: ACTIVE MONITORING

  • NIRB File No:

    08MN053

  • Application No.:

    125893

  • Project Type:

    Mine Development

  • Project Name:

    Sustaining Operations Proposal 2

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The SOP2 will require the amendment of Terms and Conditions 179(a) and 179(b) in Project Certificate 005 similar to what was approved for 2018-24, with the following adjustments:

● The SOP2 is requesting that the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) again modify Terms and Conditions 179 (a) and (b) to extend current ground transportation limits along the Milne Inlet Tote Road and Northern corridor marine shipping limits from the current date of December 31, 2024 to up to December 31, 2030 (unless the Steensby port and rail (or Steensby Components) become operational during that period). The proposed amendment allows for this date to be extended to December 31, 2032 should the Steensby Components be delayed past December 31, 2030

● Baffinland is asking that Term and Condition 179 (a) and (b) of the Project Certificate be amended to permit the same volumes of ore through Milne Port and along the Tote Road, with the same 84 vessel activity limit and 0.9Mt stranded ore contingency for shipping, currently approved to Dec. 31, 2024.

● Baffinland is proposing to further modify Term and Conditions 179 (a) and (b) to permit only minimal overlap between the operation of the Northern transportation corridor and the Steensby Components. This approach will help maintain business and customers for our product while the Steensby Components are constructed and commissioned. Once the Steensby Components are operational, Tote Road traffic for ore haulage will be discontinued within 90 days, and Baffinland would then proceed to evacuate all remaining ore at Mine Site outdoor crushers and the Milne Port stockpile as soon as practicable (anticipated up to two shipping seasons unless unexpected weather or logistics challenges arise).



The SOP2 does not propose any changes to current operations, including with respect to ore extraction, handling, stockpiling, and supporting activities. Continuation of these already approved activities will support operations, employment and delivery of benefits to communities on North Baffin Island. Continuing average annual 6 Mtpa transportation levels along the Northern transportation corridor will sustain the operation while investment in the Steensby Components is secured and the Steensby Components are constructed and commissioned. No modifications to the Steensby Components are proposed as part of the SOP2.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re FEIS Compliance Determination 2024-07-12
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re reconsideration of Project Certificate 2024-06-12
  • Send Notification to Parties 2024-06-11
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent re reconsideration of Project Certificate 2024-06-05
  • Send Notification to Parties 2024-05-24
  • NIRB Ltr to parties requesting comment on potential project certification reconsideration 2024-05-13
  • NIRB Ltr to parties requesting comment on potential project certification reconsideration 2024-05-07
  • Send Notification to Parties 2024-04-30
  • NIRB Ltr to parties requesting comment on potential project certification reconsideration 2024-04-25
  • Started project monitoring 2024-04-19
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