Successful implementation of the MDP will require a diligent undertaking of the following port-wide and district-level recommendations within the first five years.
Governance And Administration
- Create an MDP Steering Committee.
- Develop and launch a standardized procurement process for commercial agreements.
- Adopt a comprehensive disposition strategy.
- Incorporate and enforce cargo throughput guarantees into commercial agreements.
- Establish a commercial agreements group to administer commercial agreements and ensure compliance.
- Work with First Nation communities to enhance partnership opportunities.
Regional Resources Security
- Conduct and periodically update a forward-looking water study to assess 5-10 year forecast for freshwater demand.
- Actively participate in the dialogue over the future of the Glencore freshwater network.
- Maintain access to current water volumes from the Glencore water system and negotiate access to additional volume.
- Secure exclusive access to latent capacity available in the NB Power freshwater network and utilize third- party funds to leverage the purchase and installation of new pumps to increase capacity.
- Continue to advocate for the operation of the Belledune Generating Station beyond 2030 through a
transition from coal to a carbon neutral alternative.
- Secure access to affordable green energy through the pursuit of a Port microgrid project in partnership
with NB Power.
- Advocate for existing and new wind and solar energy projects in the region.
- Investigate the potential for siting a biomass energy plant and/or installing SMRs at the Port.
- Program all terminals to their maximum practical capacity:
- Solicit and secure anchor user(s) for Terminals 1 and 2; and
- Partner with QSL to secure additional cargo volumes for Terminals 3 and 4.
Climate Change & Resiliency
- Conduct feasibility studies for new resilient waterside and landside infrastructure options that address
high-event-probability climate parameters.
- Develop a set of port-wide planning standards that incorporate climate change and resiliency into
- Finalize and implement a climate change action plan.
- Establish a comprehensive dialogue with regulators regarding future projects at the Port.
- Develop, launch, and maintain an environmental policy.
- Incorporate a financial incentive structure into commercial agreements to encourage developers to pursue environmental stewardship beyond statutory and regulatory requirements.
Liquid & Dry Bulk, Ro/Ro District
- Acquire the Bulk Handling Facility area from Glencore.
- Adopt a multi-commodity approach to developing the district.
- Reutilize existing bulk material handling and storage infrastructure wherever possible.
- Preserve rights-of-way throughout the district to accommodate the future installation of upland connections.
- Enhance utilization of the Tank Farm.
Maritime-Dependent Industry District
- Reserve large parcels for development throughout the district.
- Partner with provincial and federal authorities to create and implement an incentive program to attract “anchor” industrial tenants to the Port.
Light Manufacturing District
- Prioritize light manufacturers with operations that complement activity at the Port.
Green Hub District
- Partner with federal and provincial authorities to align, develop, and market incentives for third-party
green hub developments.
- Launch a dedicated marketing campaign to solicit new green development.
- Prioritize green development that complements other activities at the Port and can be phased as the market matures.
- Encourage third-party investment in microgrid infrastructure and in potential green energy projects both at the Port and throughout the region.
High-Visibility Commercial District
- Conduct targeted commercial market study to ascertain local demand and determine the appropriate use and scale of a potential high-visibility commercial project.
- Secure a third-party commercial development partner to jointly manage a pilot project.