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NEWS: Iqaluit October 09, 2012 - 5:00 am

GN chooses three teams to bid on Iqaluit airport RFP

Winning bidder to be chosen spring 2013

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Bob Long, the GN’s deputy minister of economic development and transportation, will help oversee the biggest capital project in Nunavut’s history: the Iqaluit airport project. (FILE PHOTO)
Bob Long, the GN’s deputy minister of economic development and transportation, will help oversee the biggest capital project in Nunavut’s history: the Iqaluit airport project. (FILE PHOTO)
The interior of Iqaluit’s current airport terminal building. Under the GN’s $300-million plan, this building would be replaced by a new structure. (FILE PHOTO)
The interior of Iqaluit’s current airport terminal building. Under the GN’s $300-million plan, this building would be replaced by a new structure. (FILE PHOTO)

The Government of Nunavut has shortlisted three teams of companies to participate in the request for proposals phase of a process aimed at finding a company to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Iqaluit airport.

Each of the three shortlisted consortiums includes an airport authority in one of three large Canadian cities — Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax.

Eight consortiums responded to the request for qualifications, which closed on Aug. 15.

Following the evaluation, the following three teams were shortlisted:

• Arctic Infrastructure Partners — with InfraRed Capital Partners Ltd., Bouygues Building Canada Inc., Colas Canada Inc., and Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.;

• Plenary Group and Edmonton Airports Group — PCL Constructors Northern Inc., Dexter Construction Co. Ltd., Honeywell Ltd., Edmonton Airports Authority.

• Mittarvik Development Partners — with Bilfinger Berger Project Investments Inc., Kiewit Canada Development Corp., Bird Capital Ltd., with the Halifax International Airport authority as service provider.

“Each of the three teams has significant experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects and the teams contain a variety of members who represent local, national and international companies,” said the Oct. 5 GN news release.

“This is the largest capital project undertaken by the Government of Nunavut and is critical to the transportation infrastructure of this territory,” said Bob Long, Nunavut’s deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation.

“This is an important step forward and these three teams now have a lot of work to do in the next several months to bring this process to completion.”

The GN expects to choose a proponent and award a contract in the spring of 2013.

Materials and equipment would be delivered to Iqaluit during the 2013 sealift season and construction would begin in the spring of 2014.

The new airport set to open by the end of 2017.

The $300 million project, to be financed over 30 years, would include a new terminal building, expanded aprons for aircraft to park, new lighting systems, runway upgrades and a new combined services building that will house airport firefighting vehicles and heavy equipment.

Last month, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq announced the public-private partnership chosen to would receive $77.3 million from Ottawa.

A fairness advisor, lawyer Jane Shackell, was appointed to monitor the entire competitive selection process—including the evaluation of the RFQ responses—and found the evaluation to be fair and unbiased.

The fairness advisor’s report will be made available as soon as it is complete, here.

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