VANCOUVER, B.C. – The action by Metro Vancouver to begin terminating the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant contract is regrettable, unnecessary, and certainly not in the longterm interests of Metro Vancouver residents or the environment.
ACCIONA Canada has performed approximately $100 million in contracted work for which we have not received payment. Nonetheless, ACCIONA Canada continues working on the wastewater treatment project, contrary to recent statements by Metro Vancouver officials. We recently streamlined our efforts to focus on core project activities to maintain the project critical path and reduced the overall project workforce of staff and sub-contract trades accordingly until the outstanding disputes are resolved.
ACCIONA is one of the world’s most successful designers and builders of major infrastructure projects, including several others currently underway in British Columbia. Our global reputation is reliably meeting our contractual obligations and collaborating with our clients and project partners. For more than 20 years, ACCIONA Canada has successfully delivered major infrastructure projects in B.C. and across the country.
Metro Vancouver knows that the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant project has been fraught with unforeseen challenges from the outset. And it knows that for the past six years, ACCIONA Canada has worked diligently, professionally and in good faith to overcome a continuous array of unforeseen problems starting with flaws in the design provided by Metro Vancouver as part of the original bid process. ACCIONA Canada has previously initiated several contractual disputes through the agreed resolution process in the project agreement.
Metro Vancouver has been a party to many of the problems. For example, to date Metro Vancouver has requested more than 1,000 major design changes and other alterations to the original contract, while demanding ACCIONA Canada absorb the resulting project delays and increased costs.
For the past six months, ACCIONA Canada has been meeting with Metro Vancouver officials in good faith to negotiate a way forward. We continue to meet with representatives from Metro Vancouver and remain committed to finding a resolution that will satisfy both parties and be in the best interests of the residents of the region. It is regrettable that Metro Vancouver has chosen to take this unnecessary and counterproductive course of action.