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ACCIONA-LED CONSORTIUM SELECTED FOR LANDMARK FARGO-MOOREHEAD P3 FLOODWATER DIVERSION PROJECT

21/06/2021

FLOOD MITIGATION   

The P3 project is the centerpiece of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion, a $2.75 billion flood protection project which is a major climate-mitigation infrastructure project designed to protect families, businesses and property from catastrophic floods.

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE

The P3 (design, build, finance and O&M) project  includes the construction of a 30-mile channel designed to provide effective flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area.

CHICAGO, JUNE 21, 2021.ACCIONA and its partners, Shikun & Binui of Israel and Canada’s North American Construction Group, have been selected for a landmark flood protection project in the United States: the P3 portion of the $2.75 billion Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion, that includes a 30-mile river diversion channel  to protect the FM Metro Area  from the recurrent floods of the Red River.

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority of Fargo-Moorhead selected the consortium led by ACCIONA with a 42.5% equity share, in an international tender for a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the flood diversion canal for a period of 29 years following completion of the project.

“This project brings together a team that offers global experience in flood protection management and climate mitigation, and pairs that with local expertise, to ensure its success,” said Martin Landry, ACCIONA North America’s VP of Business Development.

The project will allow ACCIONA to bring its global experience in designing and building climate resilient infrastructure to a landmark US project that aims to prevent billions of dollars in losses caused by flooding.

The FM Area Diversion grew out of studies following the historic Red River Flood of 1997, which caused an estimated $3.5 billion in damages. The diversion channel is a landmark climate change mitigation project, intended to address major floods. Once completed, it will protect more than 235,000 people. Financial close is expected later in the year.

ACCIONA and its partners will be responsible for the construction of the 30-mile river diversion channel, and associated infrastructure including bridges, rail crossings and aqueducts.

The diversion channel will begin in Cass County, North Dakota and by-pass several cities, including Horace, Fargo, West Fargo and Harwood. It will discharge into the Red River north of Georgetown, Minnesota. The channel will cross the Sheyenne, Maple, Lower Rush and Rush rivers. It will also transect the I-94 and I-29 highways, county and township roads, and railroads.

The FM flood diversion channel promises to be a signature project for ACCIONA in North America, and an opportunity to bring its global expertise in building climate resilient infrastructure that protects communities and makes them more prepared for the impacts of climate change.

“The FM Diversion Project is one of the most important climate mitigation projects in the United States to date,” says Landry. “When completed, this project will save billions of dollars in disaster losses and give families across the metro area peace of mind.”

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