The Government of Canada has selected preferred bidder for the new St. Lawrence bridge public private partnership (P3) project in Quebec, Ontario.
The project has been awarded to Signature on the St. Lawrence Group, a comsortium composed by: SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc., ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Hochief PPP Solutions North America, Inc., SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Dragados Canada, Inc., Flatiron Construction Canada Limited, SNC-Lavalin Inc., MMM Group Limited, TY Lin International, and International Bridge Technologies Canada Inc.
The team beat out competition form two other shortlisted consortia: Saint-Laurent Alliance (SLA) and St. Lawrence New Bridge Partnership.
The two-step procurement process was announced on March 3, 2014. The request for qualifications (RFQ) was posted on March 17, 2014 and six consortia submitted responses. On July 21, 2014, the three highest respondents were invited to the request for proposals (RFP) stage.
The project agreement will be executed between Signature on the Saint-Lawrence Group and the Government of Canada by the end of July 2015. Major construction will begin shortly after. The new bridge is the priority component and is scheduled to be in service by December 2018 and other components of the project will be completed by October 2019.
The new bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor (NBSLC) is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America.
The project involves the design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new Île des Soeurs Bridge, reconstruction and widening of Autoroute 15 on Montreal island,• reconstruction of Autoroute 15 on Île des Soeurs Bridge, tolling infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems and the operation and maintenance of the Clement Bridge.
The contract is for a period of 35 years after the financial close. It includes a construction period of approximately five years and a fixed operating period of 30 years. The operating period could be extended in the case of early completion of construction but will not be less than 30 years.
During last month we reported about several transport PPP project in Canada: