Victoria, British Columbia is progressing with its McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Victoria Harbour Crossing, and Marine Outfall project. Three teams have been shortlisted to advance to the next stage of the selection process to design, build, and partly finance the McLoughlin Point Project, which is one of a trio of projects that make up the Capital Regional District’s Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (CAWTP).

Of the eight teams to submit their qualifications to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission, three have been asked for proposals: Capital Clear, which includes Dragados Canada and Knappett Projects Inc.; Harbour Resource Partners, which includes AECOM Canada, Graham Infrastructure, and SUEZ North America; and PCL Partnerships, which includes PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., Veolia Water Solutions, and North America Construction. A preferred proponent is expected to be selected by the spring of 2014.

“The commission is looking forward to receiving full proposals from the shortlisted teams,” said CAWTP Commission chair Brenda Eaton. “The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will be the foundation of the core area wastewater treatment system.”

The plant will provide increased treatment for the region’s wastewater, and will include heat recovery for the plant and administrative buildings. The project is expected to reduce volume and incidents of untreated water being discharged, and will meet of all British Columbia and Canada’s wastewater regulations. It is expected that the plant will account for a full third of the CAWTP’s $782.7-million price tag. Funding will be divided between the municipal, provincial, and federal governments: $253.4 million from Ottawa; $248 million from the province; and $281.3 million from the Capital Regional District.

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  1. What folks need to know is that CRD in Victoria released RFP before the rezoning of McLoughlin was complete…in short, the CRD does not have a site confirmed yet on which to base this RFP…more incredible bungling from the CRD with regards to this project. The three short-listed teams are probably being told that there is only a slight ‘hiccup’ with rezoning,,but this is no hiccup, the CRD has seriously misunderstood Section 37 of the Waste Management Act and thus, find themselves’ in this predicament. The RFP should be halted immediately until the site is confirmed.

  2. What folks need to know is that CRD in Victoria released RFP before the rezoning of McLoughlin was complete…in short, the CRD does not have a site confirmed yet on which to base this RFP…more incredible bungling from the CRD with regards to this project. The three short-listed teams are probably being told that there is only a slight ‘hiccup’ with rezoning,,but this is no hiccup, the CRD has seriously misunderstood Section 37 of the Waste Management Act and thus, find themselves’ in this predicament. The RFP should be halted immediately until the site is confirmed.

  3. This release info from the CRD is almost laughable. The CRD has run into a MAJOR zoning blockage for the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant by the Township of Esquimalt. It’s not likely to get resolved soon. I’d be very carefully if I was tendering on this project. Wasted money down the drain for any preparation work until the CRD finally gets citizens on their side.

  4. This release info from the CRD is almost laughable. The CRD has run into a MAJOR zoning blockage for the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant by the Township of Esquimalt. It’s not likely to get resolved soon. I’d be very carefully if I was tendering on this project. Wasted money down the drain for any preparation work until the CRD finally gets citizens on their side.

  5. I live in Victoria. This article is not presenting the whole story, and thereby giving a false impression to readers. This project has significant opposition on many fronts, including critical rezoning for the main property.

  6. I live in Victoria. This article is not presenting the whole story, and thereby giving a false impression to readers. This project has significant opposition on many fronts, including critical rezoning for the main property.

  7. McLoughlin Point has not been rezoned for sewage treatment and the process is at a stalemate. Given that it is not likely the property will be rezoned to meet the CRD’s expectations, the RFP should not have been issued and, in fact, should be recalled.

  8. McLoughlin Point has not been rezoned for sewage treatment and the process is at a stalemate. Given that it is not likely the property will be rezoned to meet the CRD’s expectations, the RFP should not have been issued and, in fact, should be recalled.

  9. This article makes this plan sound so progessive. It fails to mention the fact that the McLoughlin Point property remains unavailable because of opposition from the local municipality. In fact, there are NO properties currently available on which to build this facility.
    The article also does not mention the huge public outcry that is taking place over this whole project because it has not been justified by marine science and no proper cost benefit analysis has been done on it.

  10. This article makes this plan sound so progessive. It fails to mention the fact that the McLoughlin Point property remains unavailable because of opposition from the local municipality. In fact, there are NO properties currently available on which to build this facility.
    The article also does not mention the huge public outcry that is taking place over this whole project because it has not been justified by marine science and no proper cost benefit analysis has been done on it.

  11. A very important point in the stalemate between the CRD bad plan and the rezoning of McLaughlin point is that the BC Environment minister Mary Polack repeated stated that she will NOT overrule the city of Esquimalt on the rezoning issue, so the project does not have a site for the 2ndary treatment, nor does it have a site for the sludge treatment. Many experts and critics of this runway CRD train wreck have stated that now is the time to pause and rethink the whole plan. If we have to have a sewage treatment, we should seriously consider and discuss all aspects of the distributed sewage treatment plan with a number of smaller, non-obtrusive plants that can be accommodated within the communities they will serve, much like the Dockside Green state of the art plant. Advantages of this system are too numerous to list here, but the biggest one is that it would result in recovering much of the sewage water instead of pumping it back into the ocean still containing 90-50% of the toxins. This reclaimed water can be used for watering as well as flushing toilets, laundry, etc.

  12. A very important point in the stalemate between the CRD bad plan and the rezoning of McLaughlin point is that the BC Environment minister Mary Polack repeated stated that she will NOT overrule the city of Esquimalt on the rezoning issue, so the project does not have a site for the 2ndary treatment, nor does it have a site for the sludge treatment. Many experts and critics of this runway CRD train wreck have stated that now is the time to pause and rethink the whole plan. If we have to have a sewage treatment, we should seriously consider and discuss all aspects of the distributed sewage treatment plan with a number of smaller, non-obtrusive plants that can be accommodated within the communities they will serve, much like the Dockside Green state of the art plant. Advantages of this system are too numerous to list here, but the biggest one is that it would result in recovering much of the sewage water instead of pumping it back into the ocean still containing 90-50% of the toxins. This reclaimed water can be used for watering as well as flushing toilets, laundry, etc.

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