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Five consortia answer the Request for Qualification to design and build a new strategic infrastructure of national interest

 Montreal, November 6, 2020 — In response to the Request for Qualification for the design and construction of a new container terminal in Contrecœur, as of October 30, the Montreal Port Authority has received bid responses from five bidders. These consortia expressed their intention to be qualified for the next step of the procurement process initiated by the Montreal Port Authority. Each bid response will be thoroughly evaluated based on technical and financial criteria, and a maximum of three bidders will be selected to participate in the Request for Proposals which, subject to obtaining the required approvals and permits, will begin in 2021.

 The Request for Qualification is the first step in a competitive procurement process for this strategic infrastructure project of national interest worth an estimated $750 million to $950 million. While complying with the environmental assessment process that is currently underway, the Request for Qualification is a crucial step that will soon make it possible to quickly move ahead on the design and construction of a new container terminal that can meet the growing demand for the movement of containerized goods. 

“The Contrecœur container terminal project is the largest expansion project in the history of the Port of Montreal and will ultimately increase its container handling capacity by 50%. Over the next few months, we will progressively move towards this objective. Once the bid responses have been evaluated, the qualified bidders will be announced and they will complete their Request for Proposals.  The Port of Montreal and its private partners involved in the Contrecœur expansion project are eager to get started with the consortium that will be awarded the contract to complete this project, which will reinforce the Port's vital role as an international trade hub for Eastern Canada," said Paul Bird, Vice-President, Contrecœur.


About the Port of Montreal’s Contrecœur expansion 

Located in an industrial zone, the Contrecœur land reserve was acquired over 30 years ago by the Montreal Port Authority and has been the focus of careful collaborative planning to support the development of the supply chain in Quebec and Eastern Canada. By 2024, with the support of Canada Infrastructure Bank and private partners, the Port of Montreal intends to develop a new state-of-the-art container terminal to handle 1.15 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Advantageously located in the main pool of consumers, importers and exporters in Quebec and Eastern Canada, close to major rail and road routes, the Port of Montreal’s Contrecœur expansion will consolidate local strengths to effectively meet future needs and provide a global logistics hub in the heart of the St. Lawrence Valley.  


About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. The only container port in Quebec, it is a destination port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. It is also an intermodal hub with a service offering that is unique in North America, featuring its own rail network directly dockside connected to Canada’s two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a Cruise Terminal and a Port Centre.

The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 19,000 jobs and generates $2.6 billion in economic benefits annually.


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