Capital Regional District Enters into Land Purchase Agreement for Potential Biosolids Energy Centre Site

Mar 20, 2013

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) has entered into a $17 million land purchase agreement to acquire properties for consideration as a potential Biosolids Energy Centre (BEC) site for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (the Program).

The site, currently owned by Wilson Foods, consists of two properties with a total area of 1.7 hectares. Located in an industrial area of the Township of Esquimalt about 2 kilometres from the McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant, the site backs on to the E&N right-of-way and hydro substation.

The approved Liquid Waste Management Plan Amendment No. 8 designated the Hartland Landfill area as the location of the BEC. However, the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) directed Program staff to continue to explore options to further improve the proposed system configuration to ensure the most cost-effective solution that will also meet financial, environmental and social criteria. An exhaustive search for potential locations was undertaken. Only Viewfield and Hartland have become available and meet the criteria. The addition of the Viewfield site provides an alternative site for consideration. A public consultation process is expected to take place in late spring, 2013.

“We have committed to consult with residents from across the core area on options for the siting of a Biosolids facility,” said Denise Blackwell, Chair, CALWMC. “The CRD will continue to be diligent in providing an open and transparent communication and consultation process. That process will allow us to gauge which site is preferred by the broad community.”

The BEC, which will be procured through a public-private partnership, will treat organic solid waste generated by the treatment processes at the McLoughlin wastewater treatment plant. The BEC will be a centralized organic treatment facility that includes sludge digestion and biogas production and struvite (phosphorus) recovery, and may include the digestion of fats, oils, greases to increase biogas production.

In 2006, the CRD began the planning for wastewater treatment facilities at the request of the Minister of Environment for British Columbia. The core area includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt,

Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. All of the Program facilities are expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018.

For information on the CRD’s Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program please visit here.

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For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492