Coke Ovens Contract Awarded
The most substantial part of the Coke Ovens cleanup has started with the award of a $15.2 million contract to collect and treat groundwater flowing over the site.
MB2/Beaver Marine Joint Venture, a partnership between a First Nations contractor and a non-aboriginal Nova Scotian company, was awarded the contract to construct a ground water collection system and a water treatment plant at the former Coke Ovens property. The work is expected to begin in August and be completed in spring, 2010.
When completed, underground pipes will collect groundwater flowing over the Coke Ovens site and transport it to the on-site water treatment plant. Once the water is treated and meets acceptable freshwater guidelines, it will be released into Coke Ovens Brook. Water from the brook will eventually drain into an engineered channel that will wind through the Tar Ponds site until it reaches Sydney Harbour. The channel will also capture other sources of water that drain into the ponds.