Three shortlisted for Alberta water PPP

EPCOR, Plenary and SNC Lavalin have been invited to bid for the Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Project Treatment Facility. The winner is expected to be named in May 2012.

A fast moving public-private partnership (PPP) for a water and wastewater facility in Alberta, Canada, made even more headway when a shortlist for the project was published recently.

Utility EPCOR, Plenary Environment and a team of SNC Lavalin/Black & Veatch have been asked to submit proposals for the Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Project Treatment Facility, according to a statement from PPP Canada.

The statement went on to praise the “quality” response to a September Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for the project.

The RFQ was issued after the P3 Canada Fund allotted C$9.95 million (€7.3 million; $10 million) to the project. P3 Canada is run by PPP Canada, a federal government organisation focused on guiding PPP investments.

The PPP is being treated as a litmus test for water-based infrastructure work. Alberta Infrastructure has touted the Evan-Thomas plant as a “template” for water and wastewater infrastructure throughout Canada. The Evan-Thomas facility began operation in the 1980s.

The project involves the partial financing, design, construction and operation of the plant over a 10-year concession. The winner is expected to be announced in May 2012, with construction planned for completion in October 2013.