The project will be implemented between Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota; and marks ACCIONA’s entry into the US concessions and construction market
An ACCIONA-led consortium has been selected to finance, construct, operate and maintain a 48km flood prevention canal between Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, the US. The infrastructure will divert stormwater from the Red River away from nearby residential areas, which are regularly affected by flooding. The project, which is scheduled to take five years to construct, will involve a total investment of US$2.75 billion.
The agreement between the Metro Flood Diversion Authority of Fargo-Moorhead and the selected consortium – established by ACCIONA, Shikun & Binui and North American Construction Group – includes the construction of the canal itself plus the necessary associated infrastructure, including bridges, railway crossings and aqueducts. In addition, the ACCIONA-led consortium will operate and maintain the project for a 29-year period under the partnership agreement.
The flood protection canal has been designed to mitigate the impact of climate change, particularly the threat of flooding. Once completed, it will protect more than 235,000 people in the primary population areas between Fargo and Moorhead.
The Fargo-Moorhead Floodwater Division Project grew out of studies following the Red River Flood in 1997, which caused an estimated $3.5 billion in damages.
The Fargo-Moorhead channel is a complex engineering project that marks the prominent entry of ACCIONA into the concessions and constructions sector in the US, where it is already present in the water and energy sectors.
In the water business, ACCIONA has constructed and operates the Tampa Bay desalination plant in Florida, one of the largest in the country, which supplies water to 2.5 million people, producing 108,000m3 of water daily. The plant came into operation in 2008.
In the energy sector, the company currently has 1,064MW of installed wind power across its 10 wind farms in the US, as well as 64MW of installed power at the Nevada Solar One CSP plant. In December last year, ACCIONA announced the start of operations of its largest wind farm in the country in Texas with a 198MW capacity.
Moreover, in 2019, ACCIONA announced an agreement with US company Tenaska to acquire a portfolio of photovoltaic projects in the US, spread across seven states. The portfolio has a total nominal capacity of 3,00MW made up of large photovoltaic plants, and includes 1,000MW of battery storage. The transaction incorporates 20 projects located in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. ACCIONA plans to put eight projects from this portfolio into service before the end of 2023, adding around 1,500MW of peak power to its renewable assets portfolio in the country.
ACCIONA also recently announced an agreement with Amazon to supply clean energy in the US, constructing four new photovoltaic plants in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.