Three teams in running for Montreal’s ContrecÅ“ur container terminal

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) yesterday announced that three teams have qualified to bid for its Contrecœur container terminal, which is expected to have a construction value of between US$565m and $715m.

MPA issued a request for qualification (RFQ) in August last year. Five bids were received, of which three passed the technical and financial hurdles. These were:

  • Ancre ContrecÅ“ur, represented by Dragados Canada and including US engineer Aecom.
  • CAP ContrecÅ“ur, led by Vinci subsidiaries Eurovia Québec Grands Projets, Janin Atlas, Soletanche Bachy International and Vinci Infrastructure Canada. This bid is supported by Australian professional services company GHD Consultants, the North American arm of Danish consultant Cowi and the Canadian subsidiary of US consultant CH2M Hill.
  • Kiewit-Pomerleau, which is composed of Nebraska-based contractor Kiewit, Toronto contractor Pomerleau, with consultancy services from Quebec’s CIMA+, Solmatech and Englobe, together with Ontario’s Hatch.

When complete, the terminal will be able to handle 1.15 million containers a year.

The project includes the design and construction of two berths and a container handling area and intermodal marshalling yard connected to the main rail network.

Martin Imbleau, the chief executive of the port authority, commented: "The MPA thanks the companies that responded to our RFQ by submitting high-quality bids. This interest in the future Contrecœur container terminal shows that we are presenting a diligently prepared project, and that it offers substantial development and outreach prospects for businesses in the construction and infrastructure sector."

The Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada.

Some finance for the terminal is being provided by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (US$240m) and the government of Quebec ($44m).

Image: MPA’s rendering of the planned terminal

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