Aecon Group and Traylor Bros Inc. in joint venture have been awarded a $267 million contract by Metro Vancouver for the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel project in British Columbia. Traylor, a U.S.-based contractor, holds a 60 per cent stake in the partnership with Aecon holding the remaining interest.
The scope of work includes construction of two shafts, one on each side of Burrard Inlet, connected by a 1,100-metre tunnel. The north entry shaft will be in North Vancouver and approximately 60 metres deep, while the south exit shaft will be in Burnaby and approximately 110 metres deep.
“We look forward to successfully and safely delivering this complex, multi-year project for Metro Vancouver to ensure the continued, reliable delivery of clean drinking water to member jurisdictions,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and chief executive officer, Aecon Group Inc.
“This award further advances Aecon’s recognized reputation as a partner-of-choice for tunnelling projects, while expanding our solid presence in Western Canada working on large-scale critical infrastructure projects.”
The tunnel will be one of five new water supply tunnel crossings in the region built to withstand a major earthquake. When complete, the tunnel will increase the capacity of the existing system to ensure the continued, reliable delivery of clean, safe drinking water in a growing region, and will meet current seismic standards.
Work will commence in November 2018 and the project is expected to reach completion by the end of 2023.