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Proposed New Power Plant at Chesterfield Inlet (149761)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: MFrind
Company: QEC
Start Date: 2027-01-01
End Date: 2067-12-12
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) is proposing to construct and operate a new power plant in the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet, which is located in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. This multi-year project will include a new four-engine power generation facility (proposed generating capacity of 1,820 kilowatts) designed for a life expectancy of over 40 years. It will also incorporate new technology in order to improve reliability, efficiency, operation, safety, and to reduce environmental impacts. Construction will include a fuel storage system consisting of two 90,000 litre double-walled, 110% contained horizontal fuel tanks, appropriate fuel pumping facilities, Quonset garage, transformer storage, pole racks, oil and glycol drum storage and waste disposal area (with secondary containment berm). Space will also be provided for a transient staff accommodation unit, sea cans for storage, and a back-up emergency generator. Upgrades to the existing distribution system will also be required to connect to the new power plant. An approximately 250-metre fuel pipeline will be constructed to connect to the Government of Nunavut’s Petroleum Products Division (PPD) bulk fuel storage facility located to the south. The pipeline is anticipated to be of aboveground construction. The new plant will be capable of integrating renewable energy sources, including wind and solar.
Persons: 5
Days: 250
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8715 polyline New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
No data found.
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Construction equipment 10 5 metres Standard construction equipment pieces including backhoes, excavations, loaders, forklifts, boom cranes, graders, tele-handlers, welders, concrete mixers, dump trucks, bulldozers.
Diesel generators for power generation 5 8 metres Power generation plant (once constructed). Includes four main generators and one backup generator.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 2 90 Cubic Meters Diesel fuel for construction purposes, will be kept in double-walled portable tank. This is for the construction of the power plant itself. The completed power plant will have two large 90-cubic-metre fuel tanks, double-walled and with continuous electronic monitoring. There will also be small day tanks inside the power plant.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.5 Domestic-type usage at plant Supplied by tanker truck
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Construction of the new power plant will entail similar construction wastes as would arise from building a typical concrete-and-steel residential, commercial, or institutional building. Domestic-type wastes will also arise. These types of wastes would be disposed of via the standard municipal facility (assuming the same permission would be granted as has been granted for the existing power plant in the community). Meanwhile, domestic sewage will be taken away by tanker truck, thus reflecting the same procedure as is done for the existing power plant. Waste crankcase oils, glycol coolant, and similar operational fluids from the power plant, once constructed, will be disposed of via sealift southwards, as we have been doing for the existing power plant at Chesterfield Inlet.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 100 litres Municipal Tanker truck via standard municipal disposal.
Combustible wastes 1000 litres a year Waste oil is recycled in southern Canada at a refinery equipped for the purpose. As with our existing power plant, waste engine crankcase oils will be drummed and shipped out annually via sealift.
Non-Combustible wastes 1000 litres a year Recycled at facility in southern Canada. Glycol coolants from regular changes are stored in drums and shipped out via annual sealift to southern Canada.
Non-Combustible wastes 1 cubic metre per year Standard municipal waste facility These are standard households wastes as generated on-site, such as waste printer paper, food waste, and so on.
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-04-09
Originator: MFrind
Public Registry ID: 19875
Document Size: 22.24 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-09
Originator: MFrind
Public Registry ID: 19874
Document Size: 960.39 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-04-09
Originator: MFrind
Public Registry ID: 19876
Document Size: 1192.77 Kb
2022-04-10 12:31:18, from: MFrind
 Hi, I submitted the QEC Chesterfield Inlet New (i.e. replacement) Power Plant application on Saturday April 10, 2022. I have one concern about the Keewatin Questionnaire and how it has been formatted. Specifically, many of the questions should have a third option, i.e. Not Applicable. The binary yes-or-no answer system is problematic for project proposals for which the topic is simply not relevant. For example, it only makes sense to ask whether low-level air flights will be avoided if the proponent is proposing an activity that inherently involves aviation (such as tourism or mineral exploration).


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Our work does not involve aviation. Power plant construction is purely a land-based activity. All material will be brought in by sealift. This entire section pertaining to low-level flights and caribou protection measures is therefore not applicable to this project proposal.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.
Not Applicable. Our project site is not situated within 10 kilometres of a Caribou location.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.