Seaterra Commission Announces Shortlist of Proponents for the Resource Recovery Centre

May 06, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

VICTORIA, BC – Four qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design, build, partially finance and operate the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) at the Hartland landfill. Proponents of the RRC Request for Proposal (RFP) process will be responsible for the final design, operation and partial financing of the RRC facility and for ensuring that it meets the Capital Regional District’s (CRD’s) commitments outlined in the approved Liquid Waste Management Plan.

Six teams responded to the Seaterra Project’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which closed on March 14, 2014. The Seaterra Commission is responsible for overseeing the Seaterra Program procurement process and evaluating the responses received. The Commission selected the following four teams to move forward to the Request for Proposals stage:

  • Capital Clear Resource Recovery
    • ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.
    • Fengate Capital Management Ltd.
    • Dragados Canada Inc.
    • Knappett Projects Inc.
    • Corix Utilities
  • Harbour Resource Partners
    • AECOM Canada
    • Graham Infrastructure
    • SUEZ North America (SENA)
  • Plenary Environment
    • Plenary Environment
    • Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies Canada Ltd.
    • PCL Constructors
  • Synagro Technologies Inc.
    • Synagro Technologies Inc.
    • EQT Infrastructure II GP B.V.
    • CDM Constructors Inc.

"The Commission is pleased with the strength of each of the shortlisted teams and we are looking forward to receiving full proposals from them,” said Brenda Eaton, Seaterra Commission Chair. “By recovering resources from our wastewater the Resource Recovery Centre will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6,000 tonnes per year when in operation. That’s the equivalent of taking 1,200 cars off the road each year.”

The Request for Proposals was issued in May 2014, proponents will submit their proposals by the end of 2014 and the Commission expects to select a preferred proponent in early 2015. It is anticipated that design and construction of the RRC will begin in spring 2015 with completion in 2018.

The RRC is one of the major components of the Seaterra Program. Residual solids from the planned treatment plant will be piped to the RRC where resources such as biogas, struvite (phosphorous) and dried biosolids will be recovered. The biogas generated by the RRC will be used on-site and excess gas will be cleaned and injected into the natural gas system. The struvite can be used for fertilizer. The dried biosolids will be put to a beneficial use as a fuel substitute. In addition, the CRD will realize annual operational cost savings by utilizing the landfill gas from Hartland as an energy source for the RRC.

The Seaterra Program is jointly funded by federal, provincial governments and the CRD. The total proposed federal contribution will be up to $253.4 million, the total provincial contribution is a maximum of $248 million and the CRD will provide the balance of $281.3 million.

The Seaterra Program will provide cost-effective wastewater treatment for the Core Area that meets all regulatory requirements and is flexible to adapt to new technologies and higher levels of treatment in the future.  The practice of dumping raw sewage into the ocean is no longer acceptable and by 2018, Greater Victoria will no longer be releasing untreated wastewater into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Kim Van Bruggen, APR
Communications Manager, CRD Seaterra Program
250.727.7464