Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1706

Foxtrap On-site Centrifuge Process for Offshore Drilling Mud

Proponent: Newalta Corporation

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proponent proposes to install one centrifuge and four 80 cubic metre handling tanks at its approved hazardous waste transfer facility located near Foxtrap, at 349 Incinerator Road off Route 61, approximately 20 kilometres from St. John’s. The addition of the proposed centrifuge provides and on-island solution to separate the non-hazardous drilling mud into its three recoverable components including hydrocarbons, water and solids. This process is expected to recover additional components for the beneficial re-use and recycling as well as reduce the amount of material transported out of province. Newalta will begin centrifuge operations upon receipt of approvals and permits, in Spring 2013.

  • April 10, 2013 - The undertaking was registered.
  • May 15, 2013 - Deadline for public comments.
  • May 25, 2013 - The minister’s decision is due.
  • June 21, 2013 - The Minister announced that the project is released.

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