It could be April 2014 before Metro Vancouver selects one of nine site and technology options it has to host a $500-million waste-to-energy facility.
Following a series of public consultations, Metro Vancouver’s solid waste division plans to shortlist the sites before selecting a final home for the waste facility, which is expected to burn an estimated 370,000 tonnes of waste per year. That would be in addition to Metro Vancouver's aging waste incinerator in south Burnaby, which burns 280,000 tonnes of garbage per year, and will eventually need to close its doors.
Proposed technologies for the project range from waste-to-energy applications to “eco-industrial” applications.
Some of the bids to host the facility have come in from Aquilini Renewable Energy for the Squamish Nation lands at Port Mellon; from the Plenary Group for its Heather Street location; and from Lehigh Cement for its Berg and Ross Road location; there are sites in Nanaimo, Delta and South Vancouver, as well as six undisclosed sites that were part of the request-for-proposal (RFP) process.
Bidders such as Covanta Energy Corp., Mustang JFE, Energy Answers International, AECOM and TME SpA Termomeccanica Ecologia have yet to determine site locations.
The project is expected to be completed by 2018.