Iris Solutions preferred bidder for biofuel facility

Canada’s City of Surrey has selected Iris Solutions to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate a new biofuels processing facility.

Iris Solutions, a consortium teaming Orgaworld Canada and Shanks Group, will design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing facility in British Columbia, the City of Surrey said in a statement.

The City of Surrey expects to finalise a fixed price, performance-based agreement with Iris Solutions in 2015, with design-build activities getting underway soon after. The government of Canada will be contributing 25 percent of the project’s capital costs through its P3 Canada Fund or up to C$16.9 million (€11.9 million; $14.6 million) according to a previous statement.

The facility, part of Surrey’s Rethink Waste programme launched in October 2012, will convert residential kitchen and yard waste into renewable natural gas that will be used to fuel the city’s natural gas waste collection trucks. It will also produce compost that can be used for landscaping and agricultural applications.

According to the statement, once the facility is completed, it will be the first closed-loop fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America. It is expected to become operational by late 2016.

“We’ve reached an exciting and important milestone in our progression towards generating renewable energy from our waste,” Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said. “The City of Surrey is very proud to be a world leader in sustainable waste management practices.”

The biofuels processing plant will be able to receive and process 115,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. It will have the capacity to process 100 percent of the city’s organic waste, helping Vancouver meet its regional waste diversion target of 70 percent.

Iris Solutions was one of three shortlisted teams competing for the project. The other two teams were Plenary Harvest Surrey and Urbaser.