CRD residuals treatment facility project

On February 6, 2018, the Capital Regional District in British Columbia (the CRD) signed a project agreement with Hartland Resource Management General Partnership (HRMG) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the $126.8-million Residuals Treatment Facility in Saanich, BC.

HRMG is a partnership of subsidiaries of Synagro Technologies, Inc., Bird Construction Inc. and Maple Reinders Group Ltd. (the Consortium). Construction services will be provided by Maple Reinders – Bird JV, a joint venture between Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. and Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and operations services will be provided by Synagro BC Operating Limited Partnership.

Financing for the project was provided by way of short-term debt provided by ATB Financial (Alberta Treasury Branches) and long-term debt provided The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company.

The Residuals Treatment Facility Project consists of a new biosolids processing facility. Residual solids from the new McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will be piped to the Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill in Saanich, where they will be treated and turned into what are known as Class A biosolids. Class A biosolids can be used for several beneficial reuses, including as an alternative energy source.

The CRD’s legal team was led by Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP with a team that included Greg Lewis, Jenya Hammond, Keith Bustard, Ajit Dhillon and Gautam Dhillon.

HRMG and the Consortium were represented by McMillan LLP with a team that included Candy Saga, Ahsan Mirza, Julie Han, Tayleigh Armstrong and William Lee.

Maple Reinders – Bird JV was led in-house by Todd Mandel, Kellie Mildren and Kathryn Lack.

Synagro BC Operating Limited Partnership was led in-house by Al Slepian with assistance from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP with a team that included Kareen Zimmer, Marcus Turner and Clara Rozee.

The Lenders were represented by Jamie Templeton, Scott Perrin and Tara Watson of Stikeman Elliott LLP.