Expansion of the Storage Space

The project consists of creating storage spaces and ensuring they meet the needs of companies. In the short run, the port needed to meet the needs of LM Wind Power (fall 2022), so that it could carry out its mandate to dispatch oversized wind turbine blades made in its new Gaspé plant by ship.

The Port

Vocation

The Port of Gaspé is primarily an industrial and commercial port, as well as a port of call for cruise ships sailing on the St. Lawrence.
The deep-water port is accessible year-round and is located in a natural harbour, providing vessels with excellent protection during storms.
The port’s activities are concentrated around:

  • Transshipping petroleum, wind turbine blades and bulk goods.
  • Port of call for cruise ships.
  • Home harbour and port of call for Canadian Coast Guard vessels.
  • Ship repair activities by Chantier Naval Forillon.

 

The Port of Gaspé’s port infrastructure is in excellent condition, its natural harbour and water depth at the wharf require little dredging. Its geographic location provides quick access to international navigable waterways, toward the east coast of the USA, Europe and Asia.

Social and Economic Impacts

200 M$

$200 million in private and public investment for the LM Wind Power project in Gaspé

20 000

25 cruise ships annually, including nine berthed at the Gaspé wharf.
Over 20,000 passengers.
Over 1,500 crew members.
Significant impact on the regional tourism industry

500

500 people employed directly through port operations and 250 jobs created through the LM Wind Power project

Challenge

1

The port has very little storage space for companies, which prevents an increase in maritime traffic

PROJECT

Aims

Maintain safe port operations

Buy land to meet the storage needs of companies

Create a storage space

Work Completed

  • Demolishing buildings.
  • Decontaminating the site and the future storage area.
  • Implementing a storm sewer system to manage surface water.
  • Building a granular subbase.
  • Installing surveillance cameras.

Anticipated Timeline

1

Buying land.
Topographic survey of the storage area.
Complete building inspection

2

Development plan.
Environmental soil characterization.

3

Construction work

4

The first oversized wind turbine blades (measuring 107 m) made in LM Wind Power’s Gaspé plant left the port for New Bedford, USA at the beginning of June 2023

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