A couple of paragraphs on page 278 of the workbook for the Bryan County Commission’s Sept. 13 meeting provide another look at just how vast and complex the Mega-Site project is.
The information, presented by County Administrator Ben Taylor to commissioners, notes the county’s responsiblity to provide regional water and sewer infrastructure to the Mega-Site of I-16, where Hyundai is investing $5.5 billion in a state-of-the-art EV factory.
The infrastructure in this case is “a new groundwater supply system within Bulloch County, large diameter water transmission mains, and a new MBR Water Reclamation Facilty,” according to the workbook.
“In addition, the infrastructure improvements include a new Floridan aquifer well, a million-gallon elevated water storage tank, 30-inch water main, wastewater pump station, and sewer collection system within the Mega-Site,” reads the background on the request, which is that the county spend $750,000 on engineering and design services provided by Thomas & Hutton, a firm which has long provided such services to the county.
A look at the “scope of services” in the contract provides more detail, including upgrades to a well across I-16 at the Interstate Centre as well as “a new 1,800 gallons per minute muncipal well, approximately 15,000 linear feet of 30-inch water main, a new on site regional sewage pumping station, approximately 20,000 linear feet of 24-inch force main, and approximately 3,500 linear feet of gravity sewer.”
What’s more, “the project includes approximately 10,000 linear feet of new 16-inch water main between the two new wells in Bulloch County.”
Hyundai has said it wants to begin production in 2024.
The carmarker has promised 8,100 jobs at the 2,900-acre site, which will also have a plant to maufacture batteries.