Government of Canada awards new contracts to advance Faro Mine cleanup

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon, August 17, 2022 /CNW/ – The health and safety of Canadians, the protection of the environment and the advancement of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples are priorities for the Government of Canada.

Following 4 open and competitive processes, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, awarded 3 new contracts and 1 standing offer for the Faro Mine Remediation Project, totaling more than $57 million.

These contracts and the Standing Offer will significantly advance remediation design planning; environmental and geotechnical monitoring, including assessment of site water quality and flow, weather monitoring and engineering inspections of earthworks. They will also advance regulatory support for the project, including addressing the application and review process for a water permit and authorization under the Fisheries Act.

Together, these awards build on the efforts already underway at the Faro mining complex and will create and sustain long-term jobs in the North while improving the environment for First Nations and local communities.

Quotation

“Our government is taking action to protect the environment, advance reconciliation and strengthen the economy of from Canada North. These contracts and the standing offer are the necessary and crucial next steps towards the complete remediation of the Faro mining complex in yukon. At the same time, they will provide opportunities for socio-economic development and capacity building for local First Nations. »

The Honorable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“Protecting the environment, promoting reconciliation, and creating economic opportunities for Indigenous and northern communities are our government’s top priorities. These contracts and the standing offer will create jobs for local First Nations and northerners while advancing the remediation of the abandoned Faro mine. Our government will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous and northern communities to identify opportunities and ensure that local First Nations and neighboring communities benefit from the Faro Mine Remediation Project. »

The Honorable Dan Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Prairie Economic Development Canada

“The Faro mining complex was an integral part of yukon mineral development for decades. I am pleased to see progress in cleaning up this mine with 3 new contracts and 1 standing offer. Environmental sustainability and collaboration with local First Nations, including employment opportunities, continue to be key elements of this project. I look forward to the efforts of these contracted organizations to enhance the long-term revitalization of the region.”

Brendan Hanley
deputy of yukon

Fast facts

  • The Faro Mine Remediation Project is one of the largest and most complex abandoned mine cleanup projects underway in the Canada.
  • Once the largest open-pit lead-zinc mine in the world, the Faro Mine was a major economic driver for yukon and Canada from its opening in 1969 to its abandonment in 1998.
  • Nearly 30 years of material processing at the mine has left behind 70 million tonnes of tailings and 320 million tonnes of waste rock.
  • The mine covers 25 square kilometres, roughly the size of the city of Victoria, British Columbia.
  • The contracts were awarded as follows:
    • Environmental Monitoring Services (EMS) awarded to Ensero Solutions Canada Inc. for $18,157,561.40
    • Remediation Plan Design and Support Services (RPDSS) awarded to AECOM Canada Ltd. for $31,705,000
    • Regulatory support services awarded to Golder Associates Ltd. for $3,150,000
  • The Standing Offer for Geotechnical Support Services has been awarded to Tetra Tech Canada Inc. for $4,500,000.
  • As part of from Canada commitment to reconciliation, the RPDSS and EMS contracts include firm commitments from the contractor to ensure employment and training opportunities for Kaska Dena citizens and subcontracting to Kaska Dena– owned companies.
  • The First Nations, the city of Faro and other partners are members of the collaborative team that will carry out this project. Affected First Nations include Kaska Dena First Nations and Selkirk First Nation.
  • Mine remediation is expected to take 15 years, followed by testing, care and maintenance, and long-term maintenance.

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Date: August 17, 2022

Three New Contracts and One Standing Offer Awarded for Faro Mine Remediation Project

The Faro Mine was once the largest open pit lead-zinc mine in the world. Covering more than 25 square kilometres, it is now the site of one of the most complex abandoned mine remediation projects in Canada. It is located in the center-south yukon, near the town of Faro, on the traditional territory of the Kaska Nation, and upstream from the Selkirk First Nation. The Ross River Dena Council is the closest First Nations community to the site.

In February 2022the main construction management and maintenance and maintenance services contract was awarded to Parsons Inc. for an initial amount of $108.2 millioncovering services from Term 1 through March 31, 2024. The contract is structured to reflect the phased approach of the remediation plan and includes options to extend the duration of the active remediation, which is expected to be completed by 2038. The senior construction manager and contractor service and maintenance services will work alongside a number of the other contractors engaged by Canada. These contracts and standing offers include: Environmental Monitoring Services (EMS), Remedial Action Plan Design and Support Services (RPDSS), Regulatory Support Services and Geotechnical Support Services.

These contracts and standing offer, along with the main construction management and care and maintenance services contract, will provide significant benefits to the people of Faro and surrounding communities, including socio-economic benefits and enhanced capacity of local First Nations. The amount and duration of work at the Faro mining complex will have positive impacts on the local economy, including job creation. As part of from Canada commitment to reconciliation, the RPDSS and EMS contracts include firm commitments from the contractor to ensure employment and training opportunities for Kaska Dena citizens and subcontracting to Kaska Dena– owned companies.

The Environmental monitoring services contract was awarded on March 1, 2022to Ensero Solutions Canada Inc. for an initial amount of $18.2 millioncovering services up to February 28, 2025. The contract includes options to extend the term of the contract up to 2 years. The EMS contract consists of carrying out on-site monitoring programs, including the assessment of water quality and flow (surface water, groundwater, infiltration water and contact water). Under its contract, Ensero Solutions Canada Inc. will also perform weather monitoring, ambient air monitoring, land and wildlife monitoring, and collect measurements from geotechnical monitoring instruments.

The Remediation plan design and support services contract was awarded on March 4, 2022to AECOM Canada Ltd. for an initial amount of $31.7 millioncovering services up to March 31, 2024. The contract includes options to extend the term of the contract up to March 31, 2043. The RPDSS contractor is responsible for advancing the remediation plan through the design process and will ultimately be responsible for providing field support services during active remediation. This contractor will also provide design support services, as required, for ongoing site activities and address any urgent issues that may arise.

The Regulatory Support Services contract was awarded on May 20, 2022to Golder Associates Ltd. for an initial amount of $3.15 millioncovering services up to May 19, 2025. The contract includes options to extend the term of the contract up to 2 years. The Regulatory Support Services contract is primarily to support Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada through the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Panel process with the screening, reporting, and decision. The contract will also cover the process for applying for and reviewing a water license and Fisheries Act authorization for site remediation.

The Geotechnical support services standing offer was awarded on May 25, 2022to Tetra Tech Canada Inc. for an initial amount of $4.5 millioncovering services up to May 24, 2025. The Standing Offer has options to extend the period of the Standing Offer up to 2 years. A standing offer is an offer from a potential supplier to provide goods and/or services at pre-established prices, under established terms and conditions, when and when needed. It is not a contract until the government issues a call-up against the standing offer. The geotechnical team will perform engineering inspections of earthen structures (including dams, ponds, waste rock dumps, diversion channels, spillway structures and pit wall surfaces) using visual inspection, instrument monitoring and photogrammetry to track instrument status, movement and safety. works on the site. The team will assess measurements from geotechnical monitoring instruments at the site, which are used to help detect any changes occurring in earthen structures over time. These include flow gauges, weir notches, soil temperature devices, piezometers and slope inclinometers.

SOURCE Public Services and Procurement Canada

For further information: Olivier Pilon, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Filomena Tassi, 613-323-6621, [email protected]; Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister Responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, 819-953 1153, [email protected]; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, [email protected]; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, [email protected]

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