VRS Comments on Cliffs Chromite Project – Terms of Reference

An Exerpt from the Cliffs Chromite Project’s Terms of Reference:

The Ferrochrome Production Facility (FPF)

The Capreol FPF Site is situated within the City of Greater Sudbury’s municipal boundary limits, approximately 40 km directly north of the City’s downtown core.  The FPF site is located approximately 15 km to the north-west of the Wahnapitae First Nation community, which is situated on the north-western shore of Lake Wanapitei.  The Site is situated approximately 20 km north-west of the community of Capreol, which is an outlying settlement area with the City of Greater Sudbury.  The small community of Milnet, with less than 10 homes, is located on Ironside Lake approximately 2 km south-west of the Site.

The Capreol FPF consists of a materials handling facility for receiving materials from the Transload Facility, rotary kilns, AC or DC furnaces, product shotting and drying facilities, slag granulation/repository, associated gas handling and environmental systems, water and sewage treatment facilities, site access roads and administration and maintenance facilities.  Approximately 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes of concentrate will be processed each day using electric arc furnaces to produce approximately 1,250 to 1,750 tonnes of ferrochrome.  The area required to house the FPF Site facilities and infrastructure is approximately 95 ha.  In addition, an area of approximately 65 ha is required to house the slag stockpile which id located to the north of the FPF.

Hydro One’s existing Hanmer TS, located 8 km to the west of the Greater Sudbury Airport, is planned as the power supply source for the Capreol FPF Site.  The Hanmer TS is a 500 kV facility situated approximately 20 km south-east of the FPF Site.  Power is intended to be provided from Hanmer TS to the FPF Site by a 230 kv double circuit transmission line.


Cliffs Chromite Project – Ferrochrome Production Facility

Vermilion River Stewardship has registered as a stakeholder in this proposal, as the Ferrechrome Production Facility would be located in the Vermilion River Watershed.

Cliffs website indicates they are currently in the early planning stages for this Project and are undergoing a coordinated Environmental Assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.   Cliffs announced that they have chosen the Caperol site for the smelter on May 10th, 2012 – check out the CBC interview with Cliff’s VP, Bill Bloor.

If you are a stakeholder, or have concerns, you may register to receive all updates and notices by contacting Cliffs by email at public_affairs@cliffsnr.com, or by Telephone at 1-855-353-4766 to register as a stakeholder.  For a detailed Project Description – click here.