Jerry Dobrovolny, administrative director of the regional district, said the price had risen from $ 500 million to $ 1 billion.
The contractor appears to have “abandoned” the North Shore sewage treatment plant, according to Metro Vancouver
Acciona, the company behind the construction of the plant, was not available for interview and did not immediately return a request for comment.
Dobrovolny says that Acciona left the regional district with “no choice” after construction delays and rising prices.
A river of untreated sewage crosses the golf course in the Montreal region
He says the project is 36% complete when according to Acciona’s schedule it should be 55%, and the project was to be completed by 2020.
Dobrovolny says it is unusual to sever ties with a contractor, but the decision was made to protect taxpayers from additional costs.
The cost of the new North Shore wastewater treatment plant climbs to more than $ 1 billion
Acciona’s website says the company is also responsible for building the Broadway SkyTrain expansion as well as replacing the Pattullo Bridge.
“It’s a last resort, definitely not something we wanted to do or a job we wanted to be in. At some point we have to say enough is enough, ”Dobrovolny said in an interview.
He said the regional district will now make efforts to find a contractor quickly.