At the November 3 meeting of Saint John common Council, Common Council approved the three shortlisted proponents selected to enter into the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the City’s Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project. The three proponents were selected from a list of six respondents to the City’s Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) issued in July of this year.
Those selected are:
• Port City Water Partners
• Port City Water Partnership
• Port City Water Solutions
The purpose of the RFQ was to pre-qualify three bidders who will be invited to provide a detailed proposal in response to the RFP. The successful proponent will be the City’s private sector partner for the water project. The RFP is expected to be issued later this year.
On November 22, 2013, the Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and PPP Canada announced a combined investment of up to $114.6 million to the City of Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water project. The federal government announced it is providing an up to $57.3 million non-repayable P3 Canada Fund contribution to the project while the Province of New Brunswick is providing an up to $57.3 million contribution through the Regional Development Corporation.
Under the proposed public-private partnership (P3) arrangement, project risks including design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance will be transferred to a private partner, who will bear responsibility for any cost overruns and delays.
For more information on the project, visit www.saintjohn.ca/drinkingwater