City of Greater Sudbury pleased with biosolids plant partnership 2 years in

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It is a drab-looking two-storey erection covered in beige siding that very few Sudburians will continually see inside.

But the biosolids plant off Kelly Lake Road is the biggest burg project in recent years, coming with a $63 million prize tag.

It’s a sharp contrast to the multi-million dollar «major projects» the current big apple council is planning, including a new arena and art gallery, or the «legacy projects» voted on in 2008 that discretion have seen a multi-sport recreational complex and an arts centre built.

The establish is essential infrastructure for the city, which was forced in 2015 by Vale to draw to a close dumping partially treated sewage on the company’s tailings in Lively, as it had for decades.

Since it’s the diocese’s first attempt at a public-private partnership — or P3 — some see it as a test holder for some other glitzier projects, particularly a new arena.

«It’s been two years. I have in mind if things didn’t go well, people would have heard down them, right?» said city engineer Akli Ben-Anteur.

He implied he regularly gets calls from other cities and towns barmy about how the city’s partnership with Walker Environmental is working out. 

«It’s complex and you shortage to know your stuff … P3s are different from one industry to the other,» Ben-Anteur revealed.

«For now, we can say this P3 did work well.»

sewage sludge

After sewage sludge is run through the biosolids tree it becomes a fertiliser product that is sold to Sudbury mining bands and in southern Ontario, spread on farm fields. (Erik White/CBC )

Act sees dollar amounts stay private

The agreement called for Walker Environmental to figure the plant and run it for 20 years.

The city pays an annual operating fee, which included the terms of the deal is private information, as is how much the city receives from its 5 per cent cut of the profits from the yard sale of the end product from the treatment process.

Plant manager Mike Ricci-Lyddiatt thought currently, all the Sudbury sludge is sold to local mining companies for the re-greening of tailings, but summed that Walker Environmental is hoping to market it to northern Ontario agronomists.

In southern Ontario, the sludge is in high demand for farmers looking to fertilise corn, soy beans and other crops.

«In a moment down south we have three years sold product prior to we’ve even produced,» said Ricci-Lyddiatt.

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