ACCIONA to build new cad$525 million waste water treatment plant in Vancouver



The Spanish company has signed a contract for waste water treatment that includes the design, build and construction financing for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

ACCIONA will build a new waste water treatment plant in Canada. The company, that is also upgrading the water distribution system and building a new drinking water treatment plant in Saint John, New Brunswick, has signed its second bigger water project in the North American country. This project awards a CAD$525 million contract by Metro Vancouver to design, build and commission a new plant in the British Columbia.

The new wastewater managamente regulations launched in Canada require all primary treatment plant in urban areas to upgrade to secondary treatment by 2020. Something that affects about one out of every four wastewater treatment systems of the entire country. That´s why, Metro Vancouver, that gather 21 municipalities, has decided to build a new WWTP to replace the actual one, that has served to the citizens for more that 50 years.

ACCIONA, which has more than 300 WWTP projects in construction or operation in more than 25 countries, won the tender to design, build and commission the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This will be ACCIONA’s second major water treatment project in Canada, after it was awarded a contract to upgrade the water distribution system and build a new drinking water plant at Saint John, New Brunswick, early last year. ACCIONA is also active in other areas of green infrastructure in Canada, including the construction of the Site C dam in British Columbia and in the development and operation renewable energy facilities such as windfarms.

The new WWTP, located some 2km from the existing facility, will be capable of treating 102 million liters/day under normal conditions and up to 320 million liters/day when storm water enters the drainage system in wet weather. The chosen technologies for the plant are currently used in other Metro Vancouver facilities and include: primary treatment using lamella plates, deep tank activated sludge and thermophilic digestion.

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