BC waste P3s to proceed

15 September 2016 British Columbia’s Capital Regional District (CRD) is to procure a new biosoilds facility under a P3 and complete the procurement of a wastewater P3

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved the recommendations by the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board for a new waste management plan following a business case prepared with Partnerships BC.

The report recommends that liquids treatment be located at the McLoughlin Point site in Esquimalt and solids processing be located at Hartland landfill in Saanich. The plan includes a process to develop an integrated resource management solution for the region’s waste and a commitment to advance studies for a wastewater treatment proposal in Colwood.

The capital cost is over $700m, with the wastewater plant to cost $350m and the biosolids facility to cost $170m. A $179m conveyance system is not to be procured under a P3.

The recommended wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point is, in the Project Board’s view sufficiently similar to the plant required in the earlier procurement process that a new procurement is not required under applicable procurement laws and policies.

The Project Board has confirmed with Harbour Resource Partners, the team selected to design, build and finance (DBF) the plant in 2014, is prepared to be re-engaged for the McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant, with changes, for the price that is included in the control budget. 

The team comprised of Aecom, Graham and Suez has also confirmed that the regulatory deadline of December 31, 2020 can be met. The project agreement is to be executed in January 2017.

Concurrently a request for qualifications (RFQ) is to be issued in January for the Biosolids Treatment Facility under a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model. Payments to the private partner would be based on the availability and performance of the facility over a recommended 20 year term. Financial close for this project is expected in February 2018.

This page was last updated on:
26 June 2017.

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