Nunavut naval port will not be prepared till 2022: feds

OTTAWA — The development of a brand new navy refuelling station within the Arctic is going through one more delay greater than 13 years after it was first promised by the federal authorities.

Stephen Harper first introduced plans to construct the Nansivik deep-water port in Nunavut together with as much as eight armed Arctic patrol vessels in 2007.

The long-standing expectation was that the port positioned on Baffin Island about 20 kilometes from Arctic Bay could be prepared when the primary of these ships was lastly delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy.

But whereas the primary Arctic patrol vessel was handed over to the navy on Friday after quite a few delays and value overruns, the Division of Nationwide Defence says the Nansivik facility will not be prepared till 2022.

Defence Division spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande blamed journey difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the most recent delay, which follows quite a few environmental and structural issues through the years.

The port was initially supposed to incorporate an airstrip and staffed year-round, however each plans had been dropped after the venture’s $116-million funds was discovered to have greater than doubled to $258 million in 2013.