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Black & McDonald Awarded Major P3 Contract with Government of Canada as Part of Innovate Energy Consortium

OTTAWA, June 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovate Energy, a consortium consisting of ENGIE Services Canada, PCL Constructors Canada, PCL Investments Canada and Black & McDonald, has recently closed a 35-year public-private partnership contract to modernize, maintain and operate the district energy system that heats 80 buildings and cools 67 buildings, including the Parliament Buildings, in Canada’s capital region. This mandate is part of the Government of Canada’s Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP) and it will contribute to the Government’s goal to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations by 40% by 2030.

Innovate Energy had been identified as the preferred proponent because of the consortium’'s unique expertise, innovative approach and capacity to modernize and operate the district energy system at the best quality-price ratio for Canadian taxpayers. Signature elements of the project include making the existing heating system safer and less energy consuming by converting it from steam to low temperature hot water; building and decommissioning plants; upgrading existing facilities in Ottawa and Gatineau, including the Cliff plant near the Parliament; and switching from steam to electric chillers. In addition, the Government of Canada placed restrictions on the use of long-term private capital which required PCL Investments to structure the project in a way not done before in the Canadian PPP market. This structure also required PCL Investments and TD Securities, as financial advisor, to create an innovative approach to the financing structure.

"It is an honour to partner with the Government of Canada. We are passionate and determined to help them reach their goals to lead by example through the decarbonization of its operations," said Innovate Energy’s Kevin Skinner.

From 2019 to 2025, Innovate Energy will design, build and convert the existing high temperature steam system to a more energy-efficient low temperature hot water system while continuing to provide heating and cooling by operating the existing facilities. Once the construction period is completed, Innovate Energy will operate and maintain the new system through to 2055.

"ENGIE is pleased to have the opportunity to leverage the operation and maintenance expertise acquired as a leader in the international DHC market to benefit the Government of Canada," stated Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, ENGIE Executive Vice-President and CEO of the Group’s North America Business Unit.

About Innovate Energy

ENGIE Services Canada, PCL Constructors Canada, PCL Investments Canada and Black & McDonald have been partners in the past. Each has the expertise required to fulfill their respective parts of the mandate. By combining their resources and experience, the partners are confident they will deliver a unique, groundbreaking system that will make the Canadian government a world leader in the fight against climate change and the race to net zero carbon emissions.

This season, the program will be supported by 50 mentors who are looking forward to sharing their expertise in estimating, finance, energy and sustainability, IT, procurement, construction project management, and more. All new mentors have participated in our in-house intern mentor training to prepare for the responsibility and commitment of mentoring. The training is also designed to ensure our mentors have all the resources and support they need from Black & McDonald to provide our interns with a rich and productive internship experience and a superior introduction to our company’s values and culture.

Our interns will arrive over the next three weeks and become quickly immersed in Black & McDonald’s projects, operations, and support services. We look forward to sharing the stories of our incredible interns and mentors as they make meaningful impacts on our job sites and in our offices over the coming months.


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