Arianne Phosphate has no intention to interfere in the project of a railway of 370 km linking Baie-Comeau and Dolbeau-Mistassini, announced Wednesday on the North Shore.
“I have zero position, I have nothing to say about it and in my opinion, this is a project among many others, has let fall to the chief operating officer of Arianne Phosphate, Jean-Sébastien David. Honestly, there was nothing to do in this folder. “
Mr. David reiterated that the company is focused on the response of the federal minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, which is expected on 19 October, on the conditions established for the construction of port facilities.
“Anyway, we have never been approached and it has no link or interest with our record,” said Jean-Sébastien David. He added that it was not up to Arianne Phosphate to initiate discussions with the originators of the project on the North Shore.
According to the details announced Wednesday, the railway project would cost$ 1.6 billion. In an ideal world, this new link would be delivered in 2024. Over the next few weeks, stakeholders in the folder, called QcRail, go to consult the population in order to know his opinion, in addition to enter in communication with potential financial partners.
The rail link would transport minerals, grains, chemicals, and forest products, among others.
“If we had to wait until after this project, Arianne would no longer exist,” said Jean-Sébastien David.