Don’t let the $56 million price tag fool you.
That estimated construction cost for a military gas station in Nanisivik, Nunavut only covers about half the budget set aside for the project.
Earlier this week, I reported on the feds’ search for qualified contractors to build an arctic refuelling facility, first announced in 2007.
Officials say building the facility will chew up about half of the $116 million included in the latest federal budget for the facility.
So, what will the rest of the budget cover?
“The remaining funds in the overall project budget include allocations for design, geotechnical and environmental studies, various contingencies and allowances, inflation, and other project management costs associated with implementation of the overall project,” said a National Defence official in an email.
We’ve also learned a few details about what the facility will include.
“The infrastructure will include wharf upgrades, a one-year fuel storage supply, and storage and accommodation buildings,” said the official.
The feds have yet to choose a company to build the facility, and even after that happens, it won’t be a simple process.
“Due to the challenges posed by the Arctic’s shorter construction season, and the remoteness of the site, work for the Nanisivik facility is expected to occur over two to three summer seasons,” said the official.
The Nanisivik refuelling stop is supposed to be ready for full operations in 2016.