Port of Belledune signs MOU with Port of Hamburg, Germany

 BELLEDUNE, N.B. – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Germany’s largest seaport, the Port of Hamburg, to collaborate on the movement of dry and liquid bulk commodities, and manufactured products, between Canada and Germany, with a focus on clean fuels and green products.

The Port of Hamburg, located on the River Elbe, about 100 kilometres from the river’s mouth on the North Sea, is positioned as Germany’s leading foreign trade hub with up to 450 million consumers in Europe. It has modern handling facilities, communications systems, efficient transport infrastructure and high-performance transport and hinterland connections, serving as a central shipment hub for the entire German energy market.

In August, the Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Niedersachsen Ports, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

These agreements support the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Canada and Germany to establish an energy partnership aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 through a transition to safe, secure, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy. They also support the joint declaration of intent between Canada and Germany to establish a Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance signed August 23, 2022, in Stephenville, Newfoundland.

The MOU recognizes that cooperation in transitioning to sustainable energy not only delivers mutual benefits but is also required for the prosperity of the international community.

The MOU recognizes the importance of the role that the Port operations will play in the production, storage and shipment of clean fuels and green manufactured goods, for both domestic and intercontinental markets. The MOU will assure safe and secure access for the movement of clean fuels, green energy and other products between Canada and Germany.

The Ports will form a relationship that will foster collaboration to support the emerging needs of Canada and Germany’s energy and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on the production, storage and shipment of cleaner fuels such as green ammonia, hydrogen, biomass and renewable natural gas.

The Ports will share information on government policy updates, market dynamics, infrastructure developments, technology advancements in the maritime transport sector as it transitions to cleaner fuels and greener energy, best practices on liquid and dry bulk products storage and shipping particularly in the areas of clean fuel and green energy, and actions to support the development of the business-to-business relationships between importers and exporters in Canada and Germany, within the energy and manufacturing sectors.

About the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is a is part of Canada’s Port Authority network. Tasked with managing the infrastructure and assets of the Port of Belledune in Northern New Brunswick (NB), the BPA’s objectives include not only advancing the growth and prosperity of the economy in both Canada and the province of NB, but also fulfilling public policy objectives. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the Port offers some of the shortest sea shipping routes to Europe. Equipped with four marine terminals, 1,600 acres of industrial-zoned land and world-class modern infrastructure, the Port specializes in the transportation of dry and liquid bulk, as well as breakbulk or project cargo. For more information, visit www.portbelledune.ca

About the Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg, the third largest container port in Europe, offers state-of-the-art technology in its handling facilities and data communication systems. The Port of Hamburg is a central transhipment location for crude oil, petroleum products, coal and chemical products. The Port has excellent rail connections and modern train loading facilities, creating a central coal transshipment hub for the German market. The port makes a key contribution towards ensuring a secure energy supply in Germany. For more information, visit https://www.hafen-hamburg.de/en/homepage/.

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Belledune Port authority to pursue an ARC Clean Technology aSMR project with Cross River Infrastructure Partners at planned Green Energy Hub

BELLEDUNE, NB – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) announced today that it is working with Cross River Infrastructure Partners to pursue the use of advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) technology as part of a future expansion at the northern New Brunswick port.

The development proposes to use aSMR from ARC Clean Technology Canada (ARC) to generate a minimum of 1GW of zero-emission firm heat and power for industrial users at the port’s recently announced Green Energy Hub.

Pending feasibility studies, environmental approvals and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission licensing, the project could reach commercial operation between 2030 and 2035.

Project developer Cross River and ARC have committed to early engagement with stakeholders, local communities, and First Nations prior to and during the formal regulatory approvals process. Information sessions will be scheduled in the coming weeks and months to ensure meaningful and transparent dialogue.

“We look forward to exploring the use of aSMR technology as part of our portfolio of clean energy projects at the Green Energy Hub, along with new wind energy developments, solar and biomass, as well as leading edge energy storage solutions,” said Belledune Port Authority President and CEO Denis Caron. “We anticipate significant First Nations and community interest in this project and will ensure the proponents provide informative and timely engagement opportunities for northern New Brunswickers. Maintaining and sustaining these relationships is critical to our collective success.”

The Green Energy Hub is a special development district on Port lands intended for clean energy projects, along with complementary, low-carbon industries to support northern economic growth. It is a key piece of the Port’s recently announced 2022-2052 Master Development Plan.

In August, the BPA announced an agreement with Cross River to develop a hydrogen facility powered by green-certified energy that would produce ammonia fuel for export. Planned expansions would create additional capacity to serve local, domestic, and international markets. The facility would be located at the Port’s Green Energy Hub.

The aSMR project would see the development of an ARC-100 unit to serve as an energy source for expanded hydrogen production and other industries based at the Port, which may include metal fabrication and advanced manufacturing.

“One of the key advantages of the ARC reactors is their ability to provide a tremendous amount of high temperature steam and power in a small space. As they are utilizing proven technology, we believe the ARC-100 is the best advanced nuclear reactor to provide as an energy solution for heavy industry,” said Andrew Wilder, CEO of Cross River Infrastructure Partners.

The proposed project is in traditional Mi’gmaq territory with Pabineau and Eel River Bar First Nations located adjacent to the Port. These communities are part of a broad relationship, consultation and engagement protocol agreement signed between the Port and New Brunswick’s eight Mi’gmaq communities in 2018.

In 2021, Pabineau First Nation signed an additional agreement between the Port of Belledune and ARC to identify and pursue mutually beneficial initiatives related to jobs and economic prosperity.

Both communities look forward to the project’s next steps.

“With the need for a baseline source of clean energy it makes sense to go to small modular reactor technology. The fact that it can be utilized as a power source is a win for Cross River and other proponents developing hydrogen. We look forward to equity in all these projects in our traditional Territory,” said Chief Terry Richardson of Pabineau First Nation.

“We welcome the opportunity to learn about advanced small modular reactor technology as a source of clean energy at the Port of Belledune, and our community looks forward to engagement and consultation related to the environmental and economic benefits this development can bring to our region,” said Chief Sacha Labillois of Eel River Bar First Nation.

New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development Mike Holland says the proposed Belledune project has the potential to enhance Canada’s leadership position in the development of aSMR solutions worldwide.

“New Brunswick is leading the development of Generation IV SMRs as part of the Pan Canadian Framework, and we are delighted to see ARC Clean Technology selected to be the first SMR in Canada to provide clean, non-emitting energy for an industrial application like the Green Energy Hub in Belledune,” said Holland. “The ARC-100 has broad applications for industrial decarbonization across Canada and abroad, as demonstrated by this selection.”

In 2018, ARC Clean Technology launched a demonstration project for the ARC 100 unit at NB Power’s Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) as part of Canada’s SMR Roadmap. Pending regulatory approvals and licensing, the PLNGS unit will be commissioned by 2029. ARC’s proposed project in Belledune would provide added scale for New Brunswick and could serve as a model for ARC’s technology to be used as a direct energy source for industry.

“The ARC-100 unit uses an inherently safe and proven technology with relatively low cost of modular construction and operation,” said Bill Labbe, CEO of ARC Canada. “It is an obvious choice for industrial implementation, and the Belledune application will make New Brunswick a leader in the development and deployment of small modular reactors in Canada and abroad.”

About the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is a is part of Canada’s Port Authority network. Tasked with managing the infrastructure and assets of the Port of Belledune in Northern New Brunswick (NB), the BPA’s objectives include not only advancing the growth and prosperity of the economy in both Canada and the province of NB, but also fulfilling public policy objectives. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the Port offers some of the shortest sea shipping routes to Europe. Equipped with four marine terminals, 1,600 acres of industrial-zoned land and world-class modern infrastructure, the Port specializes in the transportation of dry and liquid bulk, as well as breakbulk or project cargo.

About Cross River Infrastructure Partners

Cross River Infrastructure Partners (“CRIP”) is a project development company whose mission is to fight the global climate crisis by developing clean energy or carbon capture infrastructure to reduce, remove, or avoid GHG emissions. Cross River focuses on developing and commercializing early and first-of-a-kind projects in North America.

For more information, visit www.crossriverllc.com

About ARC Clean Technology

ARC is a clean energy technology company developing the ARC-100, an advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) offering inherently safe, reliable, and economical carbon free power. Leveraging proven technology from the 30-year performance of its prototype, the ARC-100’s simple, modular design provides 100 megawatts of electricity and industrial heat that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. Important applications include the decarbonization of heavy industry, the fueling of low- carbon hydrogen projects, and the creation of valuable medical isotopes. The ARC-100 has been selected by NB Power for implementation on their Point Lepreau site with completion targeted for the late 2020s. ARC has offices in Saint John, New Brunswick and Washington, D.C.

More information on ARC Clean Technology is available online at www.arc-cleantech.com

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Port of Belledune signs MOU with Niedersachsen Ports Wilhelmshaven, Germany

BELLEDUNE, N.B. – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Wilhelmshaven, Germany, to collaborate on the movement of dry and liquid bulk commodities, and manufactured products, between Canada and Germany, with a focus on clean fuels and green products.

The MOU will support the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Canada and Germany to establish an energy partnership aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 through a transition to safe, secure, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy.

“This agreement creates a direct trade corridor between New Brunswick and one of the biggest clean energy markets in Europe,” said BPA CEO Denis Caron. “We are very pleased to support Canada’s efforts to provide sustainable energy to the world, while meeting our own goals to diversify, encourage new investment and develop green energy solutions.”

The MOU between the Ports recognizes the role that their operations will play in creating infrastructure aimed at the production, storage and shipment of clean fuels and green manufactured goods, for both domestic and intercontinental markets, and in assuring safe and secure access for the movement of clean fuels, green energy and other products between Canada and Germany.

‘We are highly delighted to announce an important partnership between the Port of Belledune (BPA) and Niedersachen Ports. Our Port in Willemshaven will going forward assume an important role in the energy supply of Germany. Together with BPA we also want to make a substantial contribution to the energy transformation as a whole to a low carbon economy’, said Holger Banik, CEO of Niedersachen Ports GmbH & Co. KG (NPOrts) and JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG.

The MOU will allow the Ports to form a relationship that will support the emerging needs of Canada and Germany’s energy and manufacturing sectors, with a particular focus on the production, storage and shipment of cleaner fuels such as green ammonia, hydrogen, biomass and renewable natural gas.

The MOU also allows the Ports to establish an ongoing dialogue focused on infrastructure developments; innovations and technology advancements in the maritime transport sector as it transitions to cleaner fuels and greener energy; best practices in liquid and dry bulk products storage and shipping, particularly in the areas of clean fuel and green energy; and support for the development of relationships between importers and exporters in Canada and Germany.

The BPA recently reached an agreement in principle with Cross River Infrastructure Partners to develop a green hydrogen production facility at the northern New Brunswick port. This development agreement will support the Port of Belledune’s efforts to diversify its business and develop new industries fueled by renewable energy.

BPA and Cross River representatives are attending today’s German Canadian Atlantic Renewable Hydrogen Expo in Stephenville, NL. The expo focuses on strengthening Canadian-German collaboration on sustainable hydrogen supply chains.

About the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is a is part of Canada’s Port Authority network. Tasked with managing the infrastructure and assets of the Port of Belledune in Northern New Brunswick (NB), the BPA’s objectives include not only advancing the growth and prosperity of the economy in both Canada and the province of NB, but also fulfilling public policy objectives. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the Port offers some of the shortest sea shipping routes to Europe. Equipped with four marine terminals, 1,600 acres of industrial-zoned land and world-class modern infrastructure, the Port specializes in the transportation of dry and liquid bulk, as well as breakbulk or project cargo. For more information, visit www.portbelledune.ca.

About Niedersachsen Ports Wilhelmshaven

Niedersachsen Ports Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep-water port is situated between the rivers Ems and Weser, on the western banks of the Jade delta. The Port consists of an outer deep-water port and an inner
port, independent from the tides and located behind a dual chamber sea lock. The Port is equipped with modern quay facilities for bulk cargo, containers, refrigerated cargo, food, general cargo and project shipments. It is also a central transshipment location for crude oil, petroleum products, coal and chemical products and makes a key contribution towards ensuring a secure energy supply in Germany.

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New green hydrogen facility proposed for Port of Belledune

BELLEDUNE, N.B. – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has reached an agreement in principle with Cross River Infrastructure Partners to develop a green hydrogen production facility at the northern New Brunswick port that will help meet provincial, federal and global goals of a transition to a clean energy future.

This development agreement will support the Port of Belledune’s efforts to diversify its business and develop new industries fueled by renewable energy.

Next week, the BPA and Cross River will attend the August 23 German-Canadian Atlantic Renewable Hydrogen Expo in Stephenville, NL. The expo will focus on strengthening Canadian-German collaboration on sustainable hydrogen supply chains.

“We believe the Port of Belledune is the best location in Eastern Canada to establish this innovative green hydrogen production facility,” said Rishi Jain, Managing Director, Cross River Infrastructure Partners. “Belledune is an established year-round port with easy access to the key European Union and North American markets we’re targeting. With most of the required infrastructure already in place, including a critical source of existing clean energy and substantial existing transmission to power our operations, we view this as a significant opportunity for everyone involved.”

Green hydrogen is seen as a long-term solution to replace fossil fuels by many countries around the world including Canada, the United States and Europe. It is a zero-carbon fuel that emits only water when produced by zero-emitting sources of energy. When converted into its ammonia form, the clean hydrogen is dense and stable enough to be shipped long distances. Large-scale, long-term development of commercial hydrogen fuel is being encouraged by trade agreements, policy development and public infrastructure investments around the world.

The Belledune-based project would use 200MW of clean firm power to produce green ammonia fuel for export. Planned expansions would create the capacity to serve both local and global energy needs.

Pending the outcome of feasibility studies, environmental assessments, due diligence and permitting, the hydrogen production facility could come online by 2027.

“As a federal port authority, we welcome the opportunity to support Canada’s efforts to provide sustainable solutions to the world,” said Denis Caron, President and CEO of the Belledune Port Authority. “This agreement is an important step in our port’s plan to foster new investment, enable a transition to green energy and bring greater prosperity to all New Brunswickers.”

Cross River and the Port of Belledune are working closely with federal and provincial governments on the project, along with local Indigenous leaders.

“Pabineau First Nation is pleased to support the Port of Belledune on its journey to create cleaner industry supported by renewable energy in our region. This collaboration is a good first step to realize our potential and I look forward to seeing it develop and create opportunities for Indigenous partnerships, economic development and employment,” commented Chief Terry Richardson of Pabineau First Nation.

BPA and Cross River are working closely with New Brunswick’s public utility to secure certified clean energy already available on the grid to support the first phase of the project.

“The energy sector is undergoing transformational change and we want to be part of that future,” said Lori Clark, president and CEO of NB Power. “This future includes embracing new technology and this project is an example of that. Our role in this project will be to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to support what is being proposed and look forward to further engagement with the proponents.”

Belledune Port Authority is nearing completion of a new long-term development plan that includes input from industry, community stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders.
The plan calls for diversifying the port’s business and developing a Green Energy Hub to drive economic development in the region and support New Brunswick’s leadership in the global transition to a low-carbon future.

About the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is a is part of Canada’s Port Authority network. Tasked with managing the infrastructure and assets of the Port of Belledune in Northern New Brunswick (NB), the BPA’s objectives include not only advancing the growth and prosperity of the economy in both Canada and the province of NB, but also fulfilling public policy objectives. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the Port offers some of the shortest sea shipping routes to Europe. Equipped with four marine terminals, 1,600 acres of industrial-zoned land and world-class modern infrastructure, the Port specializes in the transportation of dry and liquid bulk, as well as breakbulk or project cargo. For more information, visit www.portbelledune.ca.

About Cross River Infrastructure Partners

Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC is a sustainable infrastructure developer deploying industry-leading climate technologies into clean fuel production, clean power, and carbon capture projects across North America. For more information, visit www.crossriverllc.com.

Contact: Lynn Russell
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO russell@portofbelledune.ca
(506) 522-1248

10 Reasons To Do Business at the Port of Belledune

*originally published in January 2021

What makes the Port of Belledune unique? If you ask our employees they will tell you all the reasons they choose to live, work and play in northern New Brunswick. But, if you ask our customers they are quick to point out the business-related attributes that we can boast in Belledune.

In a customer survey conducted by a third party in 2020, an overwhelming majority of customers agreed that the most important attribute in Belledune is that “The Port of Belledune is managed by a world-class terminal operator and stevedore team” where the second most important attribute was “The port has a low level of congestion.” The customers surveyed also gave a score of at least 9/10 in relation to the following Port Attributes and Performance:

  • Infrastructure
  • Turn-around time / speed of transfer
  • Port Changes
  • Land Transportation
  • Being a good partner
  • Overall Efficiency
  • Overall convenience
  • Safety & Security

The region in northern New Brunswick, our First Nations neighbors, and our communities are extremely important to us and are considered in all aspects of port business. Development at the Port means development for the whole region so we decided to elaborate a little bit on the attributes and add a few that reflect the values of our Port community.

Here are 10 Reasons To Do Business at the Port of Belledune:

  1. Infrastructure – We are continuing to invest in the Port infrastructure, driven by the growing needs of our clients. Port clients have consistently ranked the modern infrastructure as one of the reasons they choose to do business at the Port of Belledune.
  2. Being a Good Partner – Relationships are extremely important to us. From our First Nations neighbors, community stakeholders, and customer base we strive to have an inclusive business and political environment conducive to moving things forward.
  3. Ample Storage Space – Port of Belledune customers benefit from the storage facilities that have been built on or next to the terminals. There are many outdoor storage options available on or next to the marine terminals that are suitable for bulk, break-bulk, roll-on roll-off, and project cargo alike.
  4. Room to Grow – We have over 1,000 acres of land for industrial development and transshipment. Our proximity to the St. Lawrence River makes us a great option for transshipment into the Great Lakes.
  5. World Class Terminal Operations – Having partners like QSL allows the Port of Belledune to shine. QSL offers consistent, innovative, and efficient solutions for cargo handling that customers agree are second to none.
  6. Environmental Leadership – We are proud to be Green Marine certified since 2018 which helps us build effective management systems based on sound principles and measures. The Port’s land and marine terminals are surrounded by trees which also act as a natural sound barrier for the community and animals.
  7. Efficiency – Timeliness, safe operations, and speed of turnaround are some of the attributes customers associate with the port. Our terminal operators are extremely efficient and are always finding innovative ways to handle your cargo.
  8. Flexibility – We pride ourselves on our flexibility and ability to work with customers and partners to ensure success for all parties. As an anchor of economic development in Northern New Brunswick our focus to work with and become partners with our customers.
  9. Intermodal Connectivity – Connected by highway systems and CN’s rail network, the Port of Belledune is connected to major markets in North America via land, rail, and sea.
  10. Safety & Security – The Port of Belledune holds the highest standard security rating from Transport Canada and continues to hold an impressive safety & security record with no identified vulnerabilities during its past assessments.

For more information on doing business at the Port of Belledune, contact Jenna & Sylvain

Belledune Port Authority reports strong results with $1.6 million net profit for 2021 fiscal year

The Belledune Port Authority continues to be a strong economic contributor to northern New Brunswick, reporting a second consecutive year of profitable operations despite the global supply chain slowdown.

The Port is reporting a $1.6 million net profit for the fiscal year of 2021-2022, supported by revenues of $8.2 million with a return on revenue of 19.8 per cent. Total tonnage handled by the Port in 2021 was 1,837,766 mega tonnes.

“We are very pleased and proud of our financial results this year, which is thanks to the hard work of our team and the many tenants and suppliers who partner with us at the Port,” said President & CEO, Denis Caron. “This strong performance continues our proud history of bringing prosperity to the region.”

The BPA’s financial results were shared publicly this afternoon at the Annual General Meeting, along with highlights from the year’s activities.

The 2021 profits are due in part to a 63 per cent increase in wood pellet and wood chips exported through the BPA’s marine terminals compared to the previous year, making the BPA Atlantic Canada’s top biomass exporter. The Port is supporting efforts to transition away from fossil fuels to biomass, and with its partner QSL – Eastern Division, has constructed a new wood pellet storage facility on the Port’s Terminal 3. With this expansion, the Port and QSL are projecting another increase in exports in 2022.

“All in all, 2021 was a great year and one that laid the foundation for better things to come,” said Chair of the Board of Directors, Hermel Vienneau. “Board colleagues and I are confident that we are on the cusp of major economic development progress at the Port.”

Other highlights from 2021 that the BPA shared include:

The BPA Master Development Plan and Green Energy Hub

The BPA, with help from Hatch Consulting, is finalizing a long-term vision to expand the BPA’s existing capacity while seeking out clean energy projects with the potential to kick off a green economic transition for the region. Stakeholder, public and rights holder engagement is being completed with a final report anticipated for Fall 2022.

First Nations Tripartite Committee for Smelter Decommissioning

Coming together in the spirit of partnership and good faith, the BPA, Pabineau First Nation, and Eel River Bar First Nation have created a tripartite group to actively engage and work with Glencore Canada Ltd. on the current decommissioning of the Brunswick Smelter in Belledune, NB, adjacent to
the Port of Belledune. Grounded in proactive sharing of information and working collaboratively, the Tripartite Committee is actively continuing to move this project forward.

Proactive Underwater Noise Study

The BPA in 2021 undertook a voluntary study to survey and report on underwater noise in the area around the Port and the impact it can potentially have on wildlife. This was a proactive project and will help to assess risks and identify areas to improve. This work falls under the Port’s Green Marine Certification efforts and the results will be reported to stakeholders, rights holders, and the community in 2022.

Terminals 3 and 4 Expansion and Upgrade Project

Work on this important expansion project continued in 2021 the construction of additional cribs to expand the terminals footprint and build a new tug wharf. Rock and fill were moved between Terminals 3 and 4, creating in a safer operating area, and stabilization of a section of Terminal 4 for additional laydown area. As a part of this work, a habitat compensation project was carried out in 2021. Habitat locations were chosen in consultation with First Nations’ fishers and much of the work was carried out by fishers from the surrounding communities and Eel River Bar First Nation. Monitoring of the work will commence in 2023 to assess the success of the habitat locations.

The BPA’s complete financial results are available for viewing by visiting the administration office during normal business hours. Please refer to the BPA’s 2021 Annual Report for the condensed financial statements at https://portbelledune.ca/about-us/reports-accountability.

 

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