The Government of Canada has announced the award of the Giant Mine site’s Main Construction Manager contract. This contract is an important step forward in the remediation of Giant Mine.
As the main construction manager, Parsons Inc. will provide construction management services to the Giant Mine Remediation Project team over two terms. Work completed in Term 1 will centre around responsibility for site care and maintenance and emerging risks on site, as well as supporting planning efforts for the full remediation in Term 2. This work will start immediately and will be undertaken until March 31, 2020 at a cost of up to $32 million. The cost estimate of Term 2 will be determined following design work undertaken in Term 1.
In Term 2, set to begin in 2020, Parsons Inc. will oversee the implementation of the overall remediation plan and associated activities. This contract will provide valuable economic and employment opportunities for Indigenous peoples and Northerners.
“The health and safety of Northerners and the sound environmental management of contaminants are a top priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories,” said Robert McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources for the Government of the Northwest Territories. “I am pleased to see progress being made to remediate the Giant Mine Site in Yellowknife and satisfied that the federal government has structured the contract to allow for the fullest economic participation of Indigenous and northern businesses in supporting the work of Parsons Inc.”
Giant Mine is an abandoned gold mine within Yellowknife, NWT’s city boundaries. It operated from 1948 until 1999. The former owner, Royal Oak Mines, entered receivership in 1999 and the Ontario Supreme Court transferred the property to INAC.
The Giant Mine site is one of the highest priority contaminated sites within the federal property inventory and requires ongoing management to protect human health and safety, and the environment.
The Giant Mine remediation will cover the clean-up of the entire mine site, both surface and underground aspects.