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Dismantling of Former AbitibiBowater Mill in Grand Falls-Windsor to begin

From the Department of Transportation and Works
December 23, 2014

The Provincial Government has selected Delsan-A.I.M. Environmental Services (Delsan-A.I.M.) in response to a request for proposals to dismantle the former AbitibiBowater mill site. The complete dismantling of the mill site is expected to take 18 months with the company set to begin detailed work planning in January 2015.

Delsan-A.I.M. will salvage and re-sell equipment and materials. In return, the Provincial Government will receive $500,000 and a percentage of any profits realized by the company, which will be confirmed in the final contract details. The dismantling will come at no cost to the taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Dismantling of the former AbitibiBowater mill site is a major piece of work. Through an agreement with Delsan-A.I.M. we will enter into a legal and business relationship that will result in the dismantling of the site in an environmentally-responsible and cost-effective manner.”
– The Honourable David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works

The scope of the contract will include removal of the structures on the former mill site. Once the mill site is taken down to grade level, discussions will occur with local and regional stakeholders, including the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, on future uses of the site and possible in-ground remediation.

“As one era ends, so another is set to begin. This project is historic in nature, and once it gets underway, it will mark a promising time for Grand Falls-Windsor and surrounding area. The demolition of the infrastructure upon which the town was built will now symbolize the next phase of development and growth for the communities it served over the years. We all anticipate moving forward to create a new legacy for future generations.”
-The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor – Buchans

Based in Montreal, Delsan-A.I.M. has extensive experience in the demolition of industrial properties, including other paper mills in Canada, with the ability to resell existing assets for revenue.

“Delsan-A.I.M is looking forward to partnering with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to demonstrate our decommissioning and demolition capabilities that exceed industry standards, and also to recover assets in a safe and environmentally-sound manner that will collectively benefit Delsan-A.I.M and Newfoundland and Labrador.” – Lorenzo Rapattoni
– ‎Vice-President General Manager, Delsan-A.I.M. Environmental Service

The Department of Transportation and Works is responsible for managing and maintaining approximately 640,000 square metres of floor space, consisting of more than 870 buildings on 366 sites.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government has selected Delsan-A.I.M. to dismantle the former AbitibiBowater mill site.
  • The complete dismantling of the mill site is expected to take 18 months with the company set to begin detailed work planning in January 2015.
  • Delsan-A.I.M Environmental will salvage and re-sell remaining equipment and materials. In return, the Provincial Government will receive $500,000 and a percentage of any profits realized by the company on the disposal of assets, which will be confirmed in the final contract details.

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