A synthetic refrigerant, instead of ammonia, will be used to create ice at Fernie’s Memorial Arena moving forward.
The City says that’s a major reason behind its decision to hire a Calgary contractor to build a new refrigeration plant at the facility which has been closed for months.
“Staff received and carefully examined several proposals from different companies and recommended the system proposed by [Startec Refrigeration Services Ltd] to Council,” Fernie CAO Norm McInnis said in a release. “Startec’s proposal to use synthetic refrigerant instead of ammonia was clearly the best fit for Fernie and the Memorial Arena.”
Three men were killed at the arena in October due to an ammonia leak.
Startec will construct a Freon ice plant in the Memorial.
The City says this type of refrigerant is being used more and more in arenas across Europe and North America.
The contract is worth $882,000 and the work is expected to be done by August 1st.
Throughout August, Startec will train municipal staff how to safely operate and maintain the plant.
“Awarding this contract will be a major step towards ensuring the arena is open for the 2018/19 winter season,” McInnis said.
The investigations into last year’s incident at Fernie Memorial Arena are ongoing.