Arctic Pilot Project : integrated route analysis, April 1981
Arctic Pilot Project (Canada)
[S.l. : Arctic Pilot Project (Canada)], 1981.
3v. (various pagings) : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Volume 3: Appendices including additional figures, tables and maps and seven maps folded in pocket: Davis Strait; West Parry Channel, Viscount Melville Sound; East Parry Channel Barrow Strait and Lancaster Sound; Baffin Bay; Strait of Belle Isle; Labrador Sea; Pointe Amour to Cape Whittle and Cape St. George.
Scales of folded maps vary.
LGL Ltd. has prepared chapters 3,4, and part of 6.
ASTIS record 15722.
The Arctic Pilot Project is designed to test the feasibility of year-round marine transportation of natural gas in its liquefied form (LNG) by icebreaking carrier. The gas produced from the Drake Point field on northern Sabine Peninsula of Melville Island by Panarctic Oils will be transported through a 160-km buried pipeline to Bridport Inlet, a natural harbour on the southern coast of the island. Here it will be liquefied, and the LNG then loaded into icebreaking carriers for the voyage south to a regasification plant at either Gros Cacouna in the St. Lawrence River estuary in Quebec or Melford Point on the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia. ... Initially, a route was selected for ease of transit, taking advantage of the open water lead systems close to the coasts of Greenland in Baffin Bay and Devon Island in Lancaster Sound, the traditional "road to the North." In response to concerns expressed by the Environmental Assessment Review
Process (EARP) Panel at Resolute in 1980 about the route and the methodology used in its selection, the second phase of route determination was undertaken to provide an integrated evaluation of the factors to be considered in route selection. These are the safety of the public, carriers and crew, the biological and physical aspects, resource harvesting patterns, and current traffic of the areas through which the carriers will pass. The result to date is this integrated route analysis which provides a data base of current information on all the routing aspects, establishes criteria for route selection, and proposes an operational corridor that will afford maximal public and ship safety, minimal environmental impact and economic feasibility. This route is subject to ongoing evaluation and review during the life of the Arctic Pilot Project. ... Further revision to the integrated Route Analysis will be made as data collected in 1981 and 1982 are
analysed and become available.