Biogenie Involved in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project in England

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QUEBEC, December 4, 2002 - Biogenie is proud to announce that it was awarded a $3M contract through its British subsidiary, Biogenie Site Remediation Ltd., for the remediation of contaminated soil, as part of a mega project involving the construction of a new high speed train (Eurostar) line in England. This new 109-km long rail link, called “Channel Tunnel Rail Link” (CTRL), will connect the Channel Tunnel to the St. Pancras Station located in the heart of London. This important contract was awarded to Biogenie by Skanska Construction UK Ltd. which is conducting part of the project on behalf of Rail Link Engineering (RLE), the consortium responsible for managing the overall project.

Biogenie’s mandate involves the treatment of more than 80,000 m3 of soil contaminated with diesel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the construction site of the future Stratford International Station. The on site treatment will reduce both the amount of fill that has to be brought onto the site as well as the amount of contaminated material being taken off, resulting in cost and environmental savings associated with reduced trucking activities in an urban environment. “This international project confirms Biogenie’s high-level of expertise for the biological treatment of heavy hydrocarbons and PAHs, which are less amenable to biodegradation and for which the firm truly possesses a world-class know-how” stated Biogenie’s president, Mr. Benoit Cyr.

Remediation of the Stratford Site
The construction of this rail link first requires the remediation of a former railway yard located in Stratford, which long served as the link between the industrial heartlands in the Midlands and the coastal harbours. As the site also hosted a manufactured gas plant and a power station, contamination resulted as much from diesel spills from trains as from coal combustion that generated PAH-contaminated soil and wastes.

This remediation project takes on a distinctive character due to the site’s strategic importance: it is in that very location that a new international station will be built and that one of the largest European “urban redevelopment” projects, comparable to a second “Canary Wharf”, will be carried out. The station, located 10 km east of London, will be an underground crossover point for Eurostar international trains, regional and local rail lines and the London Jubilee Line tube railway. The construction of this underground station will require the excavation of several million cubic meters of soil over a distance of nearly 1 kilometre, as well as the excavation of several tens of thousands cubic meters of contaminated soil. This is where Biogenie’s reputable expertise will come into play.

As is often the case, human resources of Biogenie’s Quebec and Montreal offices will be called upon for the execution of this international project. The Human Resources Manager, Mr. Yves Légaré, specified that “the growth of local activities for the benefit of major clients, combined with an increasing number of international projects requires personnel hired on a quasi-permanent basis, in both our Quebec and Montreal offices. We are specifically looking for field technicians and remediation project managers to whom we provide stimulating challenges related to the implementation of large-scale projects both at the local and international levels. The Stratford project, being undertaken in England, is a case in point where two Quebec-based technicians will be assisting two of our local project managers for a period of approximately three months”. With the success achieved on the targeted local and international markets, Biogenie is continually recruiting qualified personnel.

Biogenie

Due to constant R&D efforts since its inception in 1986, Biogenie has become a leader in the remediation of contaminated sites. Major North American and European petroleum, petrochemical and utility companies are among Biogenie’s clientele. Biogenie’s distinctiveness lies in its sophisticated tools for 3D mapping of contaminant plumes, its innovative treatment technologies and its ability to carry out large and challenging projects at a fixed-price. In addition to its head office located in Quebec City (Canada), Biogenie has established offices in Montreal, Calgary, New York, Paris and London and maintains a staff of 160.

In its last fiscal year ended in March 2002, the firm’s consolidated sales figure amounted to $33 M. Among the many awards won by Biogenie, a Phénix de l’environnement was awarded in Spring 2001 for its export performance. Also, Biogenie’s president, Mr. Benoit Cyr, was nominated in 2002 for the Prix Rayonnement Hors Québec award granted by the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Biogenie was granted the Quebec-France Business Excellence Award by the Quebec chapter of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada for its partnership with SEMARDEL, which led to the creation of the first contaminated soil treatment facility (Biocentre) in the Île-de-France region. Biogenie is also among the finalists for the Trophées Vision 2002 awards in the Visionary Firm of the Year category. This award is presented by the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and the Comptables agréés de Québec.

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