CBC News is reporting on a massive water purifier project that was cancelled in June 2016 after a fire.
Now, the government says it will not build a new one at the Churchill-Gulf Coast International Airport, instead spending $1.6 million on new technology and a new design for a smaller unit.
“This is a project that has been cancelled,” Environment Minister Glen Murray said at the time.
“I’m not going to speculate on what it’s going to cost.”
But the cost of replacing the plant at Churchill-Bennett International Airport will increase from $1 million to $2.2 million, according to a news release.
“We will have to find another source for water purifying, including another water purifi cation facility at Churchill,” Murray said.
“A significant cost increase is expected to result from the increased size of the plant.”
The airport is a major hub for Canadian flights, but the project would have had an effect on the entire region.
“With the Churchill Airport closed, the main hub for international passenger traffic in the region has been lost, and our main airport, Gatineau, will be left in the lurch,” a spokesperson for the Canadian Air Transport Agency said in a statement.
“The impact on regional tourism and other businesses will be significant, and will likely affect business and the economy in the area.”
The project has been in the works for years, but has faced delays and cost overruns.
The plant will take up to 12 months to build, but will take at least three years to complete.
A previous proposal for the project was estimated to cost $4.6 billion, but was scrapped after it was delayed by the fires at Churchill Airport.
The Churchill-Burns-Lacombe project was cancelled after the fires that destroyed the airport, but officials say it will be built and operational by 2025.