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The following images are a compilation of the construction progress to date organized into the critical aspects of the project. Click on any image to view corresponding photos from that segment.
Port-Daniel–Gascons, December 22, 2016 – McInnis Cement announced the signing of an agreement with Gaspe railway corporation (Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie – SCFG) to distribute cement from New Richmond, Quebec to various Canadian and U.S. markets. Read More ››
Montreal, November 28, 2016 –McInnis Cement is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Hervé Mallet as President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company is in the last months of its construction phase and will begin its commercial operations in the Read More ››
World Cement, August 13, 2015 – McInnis Cement is building a cement plant representing one of the largest industrial projects currently under construction in eastern North America. The plant will have an initial production capacity of 2.2 million metric tpy Read More ››
In French only. L’Écho de La Baie (web) (also published in Journal Le Havre), August 12, 2015 – Après les vacances de la construction, le chantier est entré dans une phase intense de travaux. De 600 à 700 travailleurs vont Read More ››
Frequently Asked Questions
You will find, in this section, answers to frequently asked questions. McInnis Cement will add other information during the development of the project.
Will you be remediating or compensating in any way for the greenhouse gases the plant will release?
Certain measures may be considered, such as carbon credits. It is too early to commit to something more specific at this time.
Have you conducted your acoustical studies by taking prevailing winds into consideration?
Yes, in fact, we took prevailing winds into account based on data from the last five years. Results have been included in our environmental updates.
What impact will the plant have on human health?
The rigorous standards with which we will comply as well as those to which we hold ourselves accountable will ensure that neither public health nor animal health will be compromised in any way. The McInnis plant will comply with the new 2015 benchmarks established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP 2015).
What kind of impact can be expected during the construction phase?
The construction phase will create a number of benefits for Port-Daniel-Gascons and the region. Several hundred people will be working at the site for a period of about 27 months, thus injecting millions of dollars in the local economy. It can be expected that there will be a higher volume of traffic on Highway 132.
What kind of impact can be expected from the operation of the marine terminal?
The experts consulted on the matter believe that the riprap used at the bottom of the piles will actually be beneficial to lobster habitat. During the construction phase, this habitat might be temporarily affected. Agreements have been signed with local fishermen providing for compensation if this turns out to be the case.
How much water will the plant use? Will you take water from the small lake beside the plant?
We will use a dry process to produce cement at our plant in Port-Daniel—Gascons. Therefore, it will only require a small quantity of water and we will not need to take water from the lake located southwest of our site.
What is your plan for sustainable development?
Our main concern has been to build a cement plant that will be a model of environmental performance in North America. In addition, we will reclaim the site as we progress in the excavation of the limestone deposit.
What contaminants will be generated by the fuels you will be using?
By meeting the world’s strictest environmental regulations, plant-related emissions will not have any impact on public health or the environment. Specific data on the issue will be made available as soon as the Ministry of the Environment has completed the analysis of the environmental updates we submitted.
What kind of commitment have you made regarding the use of fuels that have been the subject of prior analysis?
McInnis will only be authorized to use fuels for which it holds a valid permit from the Ministry of the Environment.
What means will McInnis use to measure emissions and at what frequency?
Emission monitoring will be continuous: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Which external means will be used to control emissions and who will implement them?
Our cement plant must abide by applicable environmental regulations. It must conform to them or may have its permit suspended and/or be subject to significant fines. External control measures will be specified by the Ministry of the Environment.
Will dust will be created by the plant?
A number of attenuating measures will be put in place to minimize dust as much as possible.
What will be the manufacturing process?
Limestone and other ingredients enter a pre-heating tower. They then go through a rotating kiln that reaches a temperature of approximately 1,450 degrees Celsius.
What kind of fuel will you be using?
We will use mainly petcoke and coal. Following optimization, the plant will introduce biomass fuel.
Will you be using the railroad?
The railroad is situated in front of our plant. While we intend to use our marine terminal for most of our shipping and receiving needs, the railroad will prove to be a valuable tool during the construction of the cement plant and for shipping cement to regions not reachable by ship.
How much traffic will be generated to transport raw material and finished product to and from the plant? What will be the impact on public infrastructure?
Road traffic will not be very important given our marine terminal. We expect to have one ship per week for shipping or receiving purposes.
What risks are associated with this traffic, especially with the marine terminal?
All shipping and receiving at the marine terminal will take place within a hermetic infrastructure, thereby reducing dust and potential spills.
Knowing that ships coming and going to the marine terminal will have to empty their ballasts, what kind of impact will it have on the environment? Where will the ships be coming from?
Ships, which will be coming from the US, and other countries, will have to meet Canadian and Quebec environmental regulations regarding ballast drainage.
How important is the creation of local jobs?
As much as possible, McInnis will use local contractors and workers. Our contractors will also be asked to fill positions in the region.
To what extent will social acceptability be taken into account?
The project enjoys a rarely seen level of support. A Léger Marketing survey of 1,200 respondents conducted in August 2012 clearly shows that this project has strong local support while ensuring that we handle environmental issues with great care.