Energy Services Acquisition Program’s Energy Service Modernization

Rank 2022


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Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Public Spaces

Project Value: $2.95 billion

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $2.95 billion

Province: Ontario and Quebec

City / Region: Ottawa and Gatineau

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2025

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is responsible for heating and cooling services for 80 and 67 buildings respectively within the National Capital Region (NCR). The Energy Services Acquisition Program was established in 2009 to “explore new business models for the provision of energy services in the NCR.” The modernization project looks for an energy services solution for PWGSC’s five Central Heating and Cooling Plants (CHCP) and their associated distribution networks within the four National Capital region service areas, three of which are in Ottawa and one in Gatineau. The five CHCP’s service 79 total buildings. Innovate Energy was announced as the successful proponent in June 2019. The contract includes a $1.1 billion investment for the design and construction of the new system, to be completed by 2025, and an additional $1.6 billion will cover the cost of operation and maintenance of the system through to 2055.

Project Owner: Government of Canada

P3 Team Members/Project Team: DBFOM Team: Innovate Energy—Black & McDonald Capital Limited; Black & McDonald Limited, ENGIE Services Inc. 
PCL Constructors Canada Inc., PCL Investments Canada Inc.; BBB Architects Ottawa/WSP (design partners)

Other Key Players: EY (oversight advisor); Aon (risk advisor); Tiree/Colliers Project Leaders Inc. (project management support services/business consulting cervices)

Legal: Norton Rose Fulbright (advisor to project owner)

Financing Detail: $1.1 billion will be spent on system installation (to be completed by 2025), with $1.5 billion to be spent on maintenance through to 2055.

2022 Rank: 26

2021 Rank: 23

2020 Rank: 22

2019 Rank: 49

2018 Rank: 45


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