The Lac à Paul Project
The Lac à Paul project consists of the operation of an open-pit phosphate mine in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, located in Quebec, Canada. Every day, 55 000 tonnes of ore will be processed in order to produce 3 million tonnes of phosphate concentrate (apatite) per year. Approximately 1000 direct and indirect jobs will be created for the 26-year life of mine.
The first phosphorus showings in the area of Lac à Paul were discovered, by prospecting, in the 90's, but it was only in 2008, after phosphate prices and global demand for fertilizer had increased, that the Company made the efforts necessary to develop the project.
On October 25, 2013, Arianne Phosphate released the completion of the feasibility study of its Lac à Paul Phosphate Mine Project. The feasibility study outlines an open pit mine, a concentrator and a transport system.
In late June 2013, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed mine was filed for evaluation with the Ministère du développement durable, de l’environnement, de la faune et des parcs (MDDEFP).
The Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement public consultation sessions were held in spring of 2015. The Minister of the Environment made the BAPE's report public on October 23, 2015.
On December 16, 2015, the Cabinet of the Government of Quebec issued Decree 1139-2015 authorizing the Company to move foward with the Lac à Paul project.
At the beginning of 2017, the key partners for the engineering aspect of the project's realization were announced.