Officers with Metro Vancouver say the contractor constructing a brand new billion-dollar wastewater remedy plant on the North Shore seems to have “deserted the undertaking.”
“On Wednesday, September 29, with out discover, Metro Vancouver realized that the contractor of the North Shore Wastewater Therapy Plant Undertaking, Acciona Wastewater Options LP, considerably decreased workers engaged on the undertaking,” Metro Vancouver spokesperson Amanda McCuaig stated in an e mail.
Metro Vancouver says it revised its contract with Acciona in 2019, giving it two-and-a-half further years to finish the undertaking, with a brand new goal date of the tip of 2023.
“Whereas Metro Vancouver has continued to uphold the phrases of the contract, together with making all funds due, Acciona Wastewater Options LP has fallen behind assembly key milestones,” McCuaig stated.
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Acciona didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Metro Vancouver stated it remained “dedicated” to the undertaking, and have been reviewing choices on methods to proceed. It was unclear how the present setback would have an effect on the undertaking timeline.
It’s not the primary time the undertaking has confronted controversy.
Earlier this 12 months, Metro Vancouver revealed the ultimate price of the undertaking had ballooned to greater than $1 billion with an in-service date of 2024, up from an estimated price of $700 million with a 2020 completion date in 2017.
When accomplished, the brand new facility will serve North and West Vancouver, in addition to the Squamish Nation.
It’s designed to interchange the present wastewater plant below the Lions Gate Bridge, which was inbuilt 1961.
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