This is a great question. The Imperial Oil lands in question are about 4 acres. However, by partnering with CFB Esquimalt and developing the adjacent property that would bring the potential development footprint up to almost 10 acres, or more. This would allow for the creation of a world class mixed use community, and generate revenues to help underwrite the costs of the water and energy recovery facility along with the biosolids facility.
In the bigger picture, the actual water reclamation facility is a small fraction of the overall footprint, as would be the biosolids facility. It is our intention to build out the water and energy reclamation plant in the basement of the commercial mixed use complex which would require 100,000 to 150,000 sqft footprint, with 30 foot vertical space (2 floors), as required by the final design.
If the adjacent lands are developed, we would wish to integrate the biosolids facility into the basement of that complex, along with a green agricultural company that has expressed an interest in using the reclaimed water in their liquid agriculture fortification product.
The more important question is how do we restore the McLoughlin Point port that Imperial Oil used to transport oil to the Island. Since we would be producing a lot of water, the green agriculture would need the ability to ship their product. Â If there is the ability to recreate the port at McLoughlin Point, that would certainly help to make this a destination. Â Reopening the port would also enable a fully integrated mixed use community and create an opportunity for Esquimalt to build a sustainable green industry at McLoughlin Point that would also help to underwrite the costs of the water and energy reclamation plants.
The result is, if both properties were developed we would create a world class integrated community destination, that would combine commercial, retail, residential and GREEN industry.