September 25, 2013
Regina referendum results in favor of P3 sewage plant
The citizens of Regina have voted by a slight majority in a referendum to undertake the construction of a new sewage treatment plant using the public-private (P3) partnership model.
On September 25th the citizens of Regina went to the polls in a referendum that asked them if the city should “publicly finance, operate and maintain the new wastewater treatment plant for Regina through a traditional Design, Bid, Build (DBB) approach.”
The unofficial result from the City of Regina is that a total of 49,013 people cast vote in the referendum, with 27,988 or 57 per cent voting No and 21,025 or 43 per cent voting Yes.
The slight majority of citizens casting a ballot that said No means a proposed wastewater treatment plant will be constructed using a P3 approach.
If the majority of citizens had voted Yes, the new waste water treatment plant would have been built using the traditional DBB model.
As a result of the vote, the City of Regina will move forward with a plan to sign a 30-year contract with a consortium of companies to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the new plant.
City administration will proceed with the preparation of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and the Request for Proposals (RFP) in support of the DBFOM model.
The sewage treatment plant is estimated to cost $224.3 million and will have a capacity to meet the needs of a population of 258,000. Construction is scheduled to start in 2014 and be completed in 2016.
The P3 approach assumes the project will receive $58.5 million in federal funding from PPP Canada.
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