As the exclusive constructor, Bird has entered into an alliance agreement with Noventa Energy Partners to jointly pursue opportunities for wastewater energy transfer (“WET”) projects across Canada.
The Alliance relationship commenced with the successful financial close of the Toronto Western Hospital WET Phase 1 project that is valued at approximately $42.9 million. The project is the world's largest raw wastewater energy transfer project, providing over 19MW of low-carbon thermal energy to the hospital facility. This amount of clean energy represents 90 percent of the hospital's heating and cooling needs. It is estimated that the hospital will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 250,000 tonnes over the next 30 years, replacing 1.35 million cubic meters of natural gas, 143,000 megawatt hours of electricity consumption, and 1.4 million cubic meters of water consumption, equivalent to 560 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
This project for Toronto Western Hospital involves the renovation of an existing building to house 16 new Huber wastewater heat exchangers and 5 chiller/heat pumps of the new energy transfer station, and the construction of a 38-metre-deep wet well at an existing vortex chamber location for the new wastewater screening and pumping system, which will be connected to the 120” diameter concrete sewer main. Within 30 mechanical rooms spread over 5 building pavillions of the existing hospital, Bird will be installing new piping and control systems, and replacing air handling units (AHUs) coils, which are at end-of-life.
The Toronto Western project was funded with the assistance of the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the VanCity Community Investment Bank, and the Low Carbon Economy Fund, a $2 billion fund to promote clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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