Nunavik co-ops secure funding to build safer fuel resupply
Ilagiisaq-FCNQ picks up $10.5 million from Transport Canada
Nunavik’s co-op association has picked up $10.5 million in federal funding to help improve its petroleum resupply infrastructure and reduce environmental risks across the region.
Ilagiisaq-Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, which oversees the sale and delivery of petroleum to the region, applied to Transport Canada for the funding with the help of its partner and regional carrier, Petro-Nav.
Petroleum is offloaded to communities by cargo ships, through long rubber hoses or lines, and stored in local fuel farms.
With the new funding, Ilagiisaq will be able to do upgrades to community marine infrastructure in Nunavik’s 14 communities, by securing shore manifolds with concrete and installing 24-hour lighting.
A shore manifold is an on-shore terminal where pipes connect to offloading vessels.
Umiujaq, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq will also get new bollards, or mooring posts, designed to help stabilize anchored resupply ships.
“Petroleum resupply operations are an essential service in Nunavik that generates a certain level of risk,” said Mark Blair, Ilagiisaq’s interim general manager.
“Ilagiisaq-FCNQ recognizes the importance in reducing the risk associated with these operations and continually strives to do so.”
The money flows from Transport Canada’s fund for safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure in northern communities.