The project was to build an environmentally efficient greenfield cement plant, the first of its kind. With an estimated deposit of 450 million tons of high-quality limestone, the billion-dollar project involved transporting dry cement powder by ship from a deep-water wharf, in order to produce it at a lower cost and with less-polluting processes. The Port-Daniel–Gascons plant is the first new cement plant to serve Eastern Canada and the Eastern Seaboard of the US in more than half a century. In addition to the plant, the project scope included establishing a distribution network of import terminals at strategic locations in Canada and the US.
With such an ambitious scope and compressed timeline, WSP’s depth of project management and engineering expertise was leveraged across services and sectors. Originally commissioned in 2012 by McInnis Cement to help define the mandate, we subsequently provided preliminary and detailed engineering, in addition to estimates, procurement, project management and construction services.
Environmental considerations were very important for the WSP team. Thanks to their efforts, the cement plant is the only one in Canada that complies with North America’s most stringent atmospheric emissions standards (NESHAP).
The technical and management challenges that arose enabled the team to develop new skills and consolidate their large-scale project expertise. From start to finish, the project was a model of multidisciplinary collaboration. The Industrial team brought WSP’s full range of expertise to bear as it worked closely with the firm’s Environment, Energy and Transportation divisions in Quebec and the rest of Canada.