The Qinhuangdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ) Industrial Park
The City of Terrace and the Kitselas First Nation are joint-venture partners in the park, which is strategically located just south of the province’s Northwest Regional Airport, with the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert, and the Canadian National Railway line all nearby.
The QETDZ Industrial Park Development will create an estimated 900 construction jobs at peak construction and ultimately thousands of operational jobs in the region.
In July 2014 the City of Terrace sold 1,200 acres of industrial land to Taisheng International Investment Services for $11.8 million. Taisheng is a subsidiary of Qinhuangdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ), Qinhuangdao, China. Taisheng’s long term goal is to develop a manufacturing oriented industrial park, which will be the first of its kind in Western Canada. The estimated capital cost is $100 million.
“This industrial park will be manufacturing oriented, focusing on highly value-added industries which are able to create high economic profit, bring in more employment opportunities, and foster the local economy.” said Richard Zhang, Managing Director of Taisheng International.
As the design and engineering consultant, Allnorth is responsible for site development and a detailed engineering plan and has been working on the project since 2014, providing project management, survey, tendering, design and construction services.
The project encompasses site grading, stormwater management, roads, water production, treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection, treatment and effluent disposal system, coordination with shallow utility providers and permitting from the City of Terrace and Ministry of Environment.
The feasibility report and preliminary design report for the project were successfully completed by Allnorth in 2015. Design and tendering of the civil works for the initial two kilometre collector road, including grading, stormwater management and roads; shallow utilities and deep utilities, was completed in the summer of 2017 and construction started in August 2017. The detailed design for the remainder of Phase 1 is under way with tendering and construction of the earthworks anticipated to start in early spring, 2018.
The water and wastewater facilities are being designed by Allnorth to meet initial anticipated demands and these facilities will be expanded as lots are leased and demand increases. The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Stage 1 investigation is complete and concluded that the site is suitable for on-site disposal of treated effluent. The preliminary design of the wastewater treatment facility and rapid infiltration basins were completed by Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) in December 2017. The detailed design phase of the project will progress through 2018 with construction anticipated to be complete in 2020.
Between 2015 and 2017, a number of test wells ranging from 50-300 metres in depth, were drilled on site and in surrounding lands. A suitable aquifer was located offsite in late summer of 2017. This has now led to permitting and design efforts to develop production wells for the development site and surrounding areas.
A water campus will be situated east adjacent to the development site on City of Terrace land. The water campus will include disinfection, storage and distribution systems. The preliminary design of the water campus was completed by Allnorth in 2017, with detailed design scheduled for completion in 2018. The design of a transmission line from the production wells to the water campus is also required. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
Water system – Historically and also during the initial exploration a viable source of water was not found within the upper bench area of the airport lands, causing challenges in sourcing a viable water supply to meet required demand.
Ownership - Private ownership of a water system requires following BC Government Regulations for ownership (CPCN/comptroller of water, City ownership).
Payback clauses within the purchase agreement dictate some of the project timelines.
Storm water management - One of the design criteria for storm water at the site as dictated by MMCD and City of Terrace guidelines is for zero offsite discharge.
Allnorth’s team has been working closely with Taisheng and the City of Terrace to solve the challenges presented by this project.
Water system – two initial exploratory wells were drilled within the project site in an attempt to find a viable water source. Some water was found, however, not in sufficient volume or quality to supply more than initial water demands. A sub-consultant was hired with extensive local experience to determine other off-site locations. This ultimately led to the discovery of high quality and large volumes of water nearby. The sequencing was managed by Allnorth’s Project Manager.
Ownership - The discovery of the water off-site and within crown land has led to a change in ownership. Instead of a private system, the City of Terrace has indicated they would like ownership. These changes have impacted the timelines, but simplified the CPCN questions. A significant effort was needed to keep the project on-track with respect to the ownership questions and assist with understanding the impact to the overall project caused by this change.
Payback clauses - Allnorth has worked closely with Taisheng and the City to stage the design and work contracts to meet the purchase agreement guidelines for payback. The project is on-track to meet the payback dates even though there have been some changes due to the offsite water and ownership changes.
Stormwater management system – This was designed by Allnorth to achieve the City’s criteria of no discharge of stormwater runoff from the developed site. A number of regional stormwater storage facilities were designed to infiltrate the stormwater runoff. The stormwater conveyance system included a low impact development (LID) technique by incorporating ditch blocks to accommodate the infiltration of stormwater runoff in the system of ditches that was designed for the site.