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Mary River Project

The Mary River Project is located on Baffin Island in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut, Canada. The mine involves a 22.2 million tonne per year (Mtpa) open pit iron ore mining operation, construction of a 145 km rail line over continuous permafrost, construction of a deep-sea port, and year-round shipping using ice‑breaking bulk carriers. An initial 4.2 Mtpa operation was commissioned in 2015. The project owner, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, is currently seeking approval for a stepwise expansion to 30 Mtpa.

Knight Piésold’s Role

Knight Piésold has been providing environmental services for the project since 2004, including:

  • Traditional knowledge/Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit studies
  • Lead on meteorology, hydrology, water quality, ecological land classification, and socio-economic baseline studies and impact assessments
  • Aquatic effects monitoring plan development
  • Public consultation support
  • Permitting support to exploration and bulk sampling
  • Ongoing regulatory support including annual environmental reporting
  • Lead consultant on the draft environmental impact statement, and technical lead on an expansion project currently underway

In addition, Knight Piésold has also provided engineering services, including:

  • Geotechnical engineering investigations supporting mine, rail, road, and port infrastructure including off-shore drilling at dock locations
  • Geomechanical investigations and design of open pit and railway cuts and tunnels
  • Pre-feasibility study of renewable energy alternatives (hydroelectric and wind)
  • Engineering support to advanced exploration and bulk sample programs