The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a significant infrastructure project that will require a large team to build the land and the terminal, as well as an organization to operate the terminal once it is built.
The port authority is intent on choosing the best possible delivery and procurement model for construction and operation of the terminal. On behalf of Canada and in fulfilling our federal mandate, we will ensure the project is built and operated in the most responsible way, including meeting all environmental commitments.
The port authority initiated a procurement process for a terminal operator in 2013 with the expectation that the construction of the terminal site would be proceeding to a certain schedule. However, it is taking longer than we expected to complete the required federal environmental assessment.
Procurement decisions are informed by market conditions. Since much time has elapsed, we think it is prudent to re-assess these conditions and re-evaluate procurement options for both construction of the land mass and terminal operations, to be sure we are pursuing the right model for Canada.
This fall, we will go out to the infrastructure and terminal operator market to learn more about choosing the best possible delivery model for construction and operation of the terminal. This market sounding will inform our development of a request for qualifications (RFQ), which we hope to issue by late 2020-early 2021, and which will start a new project delivery procurement process.
Over the past number of years, the port authority has been in negotiations with a potential terminal operator for Roberts Bank Terminal 2. In view of the delays and resulting decision to initiate a procurement process, we have mutually agreed with the terminal operator to end those negotiations. Our decision is in no way a reflection of the capability of the proponent with whom we have been negotiating or the project’s feasibility.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is urgently needed because Canada’s west coast marine container terminals will be full by the mid-2020s. Our goal is now to have RBT2 operational by 2029.
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