Contractor on beleaguered North Shore wastewater plant claims district owes it $100M

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The prime contractor on a multi-billion-dollar wastewater plant in North Vancouver is firing back in Metro Vancouver after the regional district said it was terminating the project’s contract.

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The district recently stated that contractor Acciona Canada had “abandoned” the project.

On Friday, it said it had “no choice” but to terminate the contract, accusing contractor Acciona of “failing to meet its contractual obligations, including the initial fixed cost on time required under the design and Involves delivering the project within the budget-build-finance model.”


On Sunday, Acciona responded, claiming that Metro Vancouver owed it millions of dollars.

“Acciona Canada has performed approximately $100 million in contract work for which we have not received payment,” the company said in a statement.

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“Nevertheless, contrary to recent statements from Metro Vancouver officials, Aciona Canada continues to work on the wastewater treatment project.

Regarding the large layoffs at the site, the company said it had “streamlined” its efforts on core project activities “until outstanding disputes are resolved.”

The company claimed that the Metro Vancouver Regional District was well aware of problems with the project, including “errors” in the design, and that the district had requested more than 1,000 “major design changes”, while Acciona was delayed and extended. expected to absorb the cost incurred. .

In a statement, Metro Vancouver denied that the company owed any money, saying the project contract was amended in 2019 to allow two additional years for the plant to be built – but The company had missed important milestones since then.

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It said the payment process involves an independent certifier who reviews whether minimum contract requirements have been met and, at this point, Acciona “has not earned additional payments.”

“We have made an effort to work together, but we expect them to honor all contractual obligations,” Metro Vancouver CAO Jerry Dobrovolny said in the statement.

“Given that they are behind the times for this project, we expect them to increase their efforts on the site, not reduce them, as we saw a few weeks ago.”

Sources tell Granthshala News that the two sides are expected to meet this week on the issue.

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