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Aecon, Oscar Renda win $272M contract to upgrade Winnipeg sewage plant

July 9, 2021   By On-Site Staff
Infrastructure

The build team will install a range of new treatment equipment at the Winnipeg plant. PHOTO Adobe Stock/Arhendrix

Aecon Group Inc. and Oscar Renda Contracting of Canada Inc. will take on the first phase of a years-long upgrade project at Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant.

The Canadian contractor said July 7 that the City of Winnipeg had awarded the Red River Solutions joint venture a $272 million design-build contract for the Headworks Facilities Project at the North End Sewage Treatment Plant (NEWPCC). The 50/50 JV consists of Aecon and the Canadian arm of Oscar Renda, a subsidiary of Texas-based Southland Holdings.

“The NEWPCC is one of the largest wastewater infrastructure projects in North America and this critical upgrade will enable efficient wastewater treatment capabilities to meet the needs of a growing population in Winnipeg and surrounding communities,” Jean-Louis Servranckx, Aecon’s president and CEO, said in a release.

The project at the plant, which treats roughly 70 percent of the Winnipeg’s wastewater, covers construction of a new headworks facility. A new raw sewage pump station, grit removal system, main control room, fine screens and compactors, as well as a plant emergency generator facility are all included in the scope of work, Aecon said.

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Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year and run until mid-2025.

Two other stages will follow as part of the wider plant upgrade. The second phase, a new biosolids facility, has already been approved, pending funding. Upgrades to the site’s nutrient removal facility are still being finalized.