La Coop fédérée is developing a grain transshipping port terminal project by optimizing the use of existing infrastructure that will be incorporated into the Anse au Foulon sector in the Port of Quebec City.
This $90 million project is intended to provide farmers in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada with access to the international grain export market, particularly in Europe.
The project calls for installing equipment to store and handle grain close to deepwater docks that can accommodate large ships.
The equipment planned for the site consists of mainly:
- silos to store grain
- conveyers for grain handling
- two towers, to weigh, sample and clean grain.
La Coop fédérée has adopted policies and made commitments in terms of sustainable development, environmental management and good neighbourly relations with citizens.
In the context of the grain transshipping terminal project in Anse au Foulon, our commitments will be supported by the following actions:
- Designing the project and ensuring rigorous environmental management in order to limit nuisances and harmful effects to the greatest extent possible.
- Giving citizens several opportunities to get informed and express themselves regarding the project.
- Taking into consideration the comments and suggestions of the community, and putting in place measures needed to address them, to the extent that it is possible to do so.
Please consult the following factsheets for specific information on the project.
- Project Presentation
- Sound Climate
- Air Quality
- Economic Benefits
- Québec Farming Families
The Anse au Foulon site was selected based on its location, access to export markets and capacity to accommodate deep water ships:
Access to the Saint Lawrence Seaway and deep water docks: Possibility of hosting high capacity transatlantic ships for export markets.
Use of existing infrastructure: Reusing two white silos configured in 2013 for exporting wood pellets.
Access to the existing railway and highway infrastructure and possibility of operating 12 months a year.
Proximity of current installations of La Coop fédérée, which already operates a distribution centre in Anse au Foulon.
La Coop fédérée commissioned SNC-Lavalin to carry out studies to assess the potential impacts of the project and to plan measures to avoid or reduce them. The main impacts assessed are:
- Air quality
- Sound environment
- Changes to the landscape
Prevention and mitigation measures have been identified directly in the design process for the project, and in its operational procedures, in order to avoid or reduce to the extent possible the potential negative effects and remain in compliance with all regulations in effect. Main measures proposed:
Results of studies
Main mitigation measures proposed
Dust and other atmospheric emissions caused by construction work, grain handling and vehicle traffic
Main sources of noise that could increase sound levels, especially during the day:
Infrastructure visible from the following viewpoints:
La Coop fédérée has had a presence in Anse au Foulon for many years, and intends to carry out the project in a climate of respect and healthy cohabitation.
La Coop fédérée has opened a dialogue with the community and implemented an information and consultation plan in order to:
- Present information on the project clearly, transparently and accessibly
- Address questions from participants diligently
- Compile concerns, comments and propositions for improving the project and its mitigation measures
- Produce a report summarizing the main elements and recommendations resulting from meetings, as well as results in terms of changes or improvements to the project
Moreover, the project is subject to the Environmental Citizen Participation Process (ECPP), managed by the Québec Port Authority. The ECPP calls for information and consultation activities, particularly the possibility of submitting a brief on the project.
Preliminary schedule of information and consultation activities for La Coop fédérée, as well as activities scheduled in the context of the ECPP from the Québec Port Authority:
Information and consultation
Main steps in the
MAY to JUNE 2018
CONSTRUCTION PHASE (SUMMER 2018 TO FALL 2019)
Ongoing: several communication channels to compile and address questions or concerns:
Participation in the Harbour Walkway Project and/or completion of a visual integration project for installations involving citizens
Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec and it is the 24th largest agri-food cooperative in the world.
120,000 members belonging to nearly 70 cooperatives
- Food processing and distribution
- Farm input supply
- Distribution of hardware and oil products
Present port presence in Québec:
- Port of Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montréal)
- Anse au Foulon (Québec)
Please consult the La Coop fédérée website for more information.