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Timeline (anticipated)

November 2017

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation receives documents from Noront Resources. The package serves as a guideline for the cities interested in submitting a community business case for the company’s proposed ferrochrome production facility (FPF).

November 2017 - February 2018

A project team, comprised of representatives from the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and City of Sault Ste. Marie, gathers information on the community's competitive advantages and ability to host the FPF. A submission is ultimately made to Noront Resources. Submissions are also made by Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timmins.

July 2018

Noront shortlists Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins as the two remaining potential FPF sites.

May 2019

Sault Ste. Marie is selected by Noront as the host location for a FPF.

September 2019

Noront and Algoma Steel form a partnership and agree on a site for the FPF. Noront also inks a deal with the global engineering firm Hatch to create an integrated project management team.

2020

Preliminary economic assessment takes place on the FPF site and Blackbird chromite deposit in the Ring of Fire.

2022

Prefeasibility study and updated tenancy agreement commences on the FPF site and Blackbird chromite deposit.

2024

Feasibility study and environmental assessment takes place on the FPF site and Blackbird chromite deposit.

2025

Project permits, approvals and funding are secured, and construction on the FPF is initiated.

2028

The FPF project is commissioned.