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Hopes Advance Iron Mining Project

The project consists of the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit iron ore mine near Aupaluk, in Nunavik. The proponent estimates that the mine will generate from 10 to 20 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate product per year over a planned operation period of 48 years with a daily average extraction rate of 72,000 to 144,000 tonnes. The ore would be concentrated by a process based on gravity separation. For the shipment of the iron ore to European and Asian markets, the proponent is proposing to construct a marine terminal consisting of a 330 meter loading wharf, a tug moorage area, a commercial wharf and a causeway. The concentrate would then be pumped to the marine terminal through a 26 km long pipeline for shipping. The proponent may opt for a 190 MW thermal generating station as an energy source for his operations. Based on the proponent’s tentative timelines, production would start in 2016.


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Latest update

August 5, 2014 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent on December 10, 2012 for the preparation of an environmental impact statement.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
9 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.3 MB) December 10, 2012
8 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - October 11, 2012
3 Summary of the Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (1.8 MB) August 27, 2012

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  • Hopes Advance Iron Mining Project
  • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • 901-1550, D'Estimauville avenue
  • Québec, QC, G1J 0C1
  • Telephone: 418-649-6444
  • Fax: 418-649-6443
  • Email:

  • Location

    • Aupaluk (Quebec)
  • Project Type

    • Mines and Minerals
    • Transportation
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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