The head of Schefferville says experts have it wrong: there can’t be a Plan Nord without another train line
The administrator of Schefferville says despite what experts say, he believes the Plan Nord — Quebec’s plan for the development of the north — depends on having a third train line to get iron to market.
“If the government wants to have some sort of Plan Nord in the Fosse du Labrador, they have to have a third way to ship the iron to Sept-Îles,” said Paul Joncas.
Transportation represents about 40 percent of production costs for iron mines working in the Labrador Trough along the Quebec-Labrador border. Rail is the only way to transport the millions of tons of iron produced each year.
There are currently two tracks that run north. One is owned by ArcelorMittal, and runs from Port-Cartier to Fermont. It only carries ore extracted by ArcelorMittal.
The second track runs from Sept-Îles to Schefferville and is owned, in part, by the Iron Ore Company (IOC). That means other companies working in the Schefferville area must pay a competitor to carry their product.
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