In response to the Request for Qualification for the design and construction of a new container terminal in Contrecœur, as of October 30, the Montreal Port Authority has received bid responses from five bidders. These consortia expressed their intention to be qualified for the next step of the procurement process initiated by the Montreal Port Authority. Each bid response will be thoroughly evaluated based on technical and financial criteria, and a maximum of three bidders will be selected to participate in the Request for Proposals which, subject to obtaining the required approvals and permits, will begin in 2021.
The Request for Qualification is the first step in a competitive procurement process for this strategic infrastructure project of national interest worth an estimated $750 million to $950 million. While complying with the environmental assessment process that is currently underway, the Request for Qualification is a crucial step that will soon make it possible to quickly move ahead on the design and construction of a new container terminal that can meet the growing demand for the movement of containerized goods.
“The Contrecœur container terminal project is the largest expansion project in the history of the Port of Montreal and will ultimately increase its container handling capacity by 50%. Over the next few months, we will progressively move towards this objective. Once the bid responses have been evaluated, the qualified bidders will be announced and they will complete their Request for Proposals. The Port of Montreal and its private partners involved in the Contrecœur expansion project are eager to get started with the consortium that will be awarded the contract to complete this project, which will reinforce the Port’s vital role as an international trade hub for Eastern Canada, » said Paul Bird, Vice-President, Contrecœur. (Illustration from Port of Montreal)