NEWFOUNDLAND On Sept. 20 the $17.3-million INCO INNOVATION CENTRE was officially opened by officials of MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND, INCO LTD. and the provincial and federal governments at the university’s St. John’s campus.
Designed by architect John Hearn and containing some 9,000 m, the centre houses a wide range of research, business support and educational facilities on three floors. Research related to geosciences, hydrometallurgy and the Voisey’s Bay mineral deposit will be concentrated on the first floor of the building. The first floor contains labs for health, safety and risk engineering, and process engineering and corrosion reduction. The centre was also designed to house a small scale model of a hydrometallurgical plant.
Operations at the new facility will not be restricted to the mining industry. The Inco Innovation Centre will also play a role in social science research and knowledge transfer. The facility includes space for aboriginal studies, research partnerships, entrepreneurial development, the school of graduate studies and an office of research.
Inco Ltd. committed $13 million towards the capital cost of the facility and $1 million annually for seven years for operations and maintenance. The federal government, through the $13.1 million announced in 2003 under the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) and an additional $10 million announced at the opening under the agency’s Business Development Program, has invested over $23.1 million in support of on-going research and development in the centre.
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