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Solid Waste Management Project moves forward

Government 13 Oct, 2020 1 Comments Follow News

(L-r back row) Richard Simms, Director Department of Environmental Health, Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, H.E the Governor Martyn Roper, and Hon. Dwayne Seymour, Minister of Health, Front row, Cameron Graham, Nellie Pouchie Acting Chief Officer in the Ministry of Health, Peter Ranger who heads the n

Government representatives including Hon. Premier Alden McLaughlin and Minister of Health Hon. Dwayne Seymour, and the Dart-led Consortium that is taking over management of George Town Landfill signed a number of ‘early works’ agreements. These agreements will allow key, strategic parts of the project to go ahead, while the main negotiations and final contract still await finalization.

The agreements are for completion of the Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) and will allow the Consortium to continue the remediation and capping of the existing George Town Landfill (at an estimated cost of KYD20 million. They will also allow the Consortium to finalise design details for the project, including the waste-to-energy facility in preparation for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and submissions to the Planning Department for future stages of the works.

The Consortium, identified as the preferred bidder because its proposal best follows the recommendations in the outline business case is considered to offer greatest value for money. It is led by DECCO Ltd., which is Dart's construction and development division, although the bid team includes local firm Island Recycling, partnered with Guernsey Recycling Group who will deal with the recycling and composting aspects of ISWMS. The bid team is also comprised of the Denmark-based company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) for construction of the waste-to-energy facility. U.S.-based firm Cambridge Project Development Inc. will deal with the residual landfill component, and the international consultancy firm GHD completes the group, handling environmental and design aspects of the new facility.

Premier, the Hon Alden McLaughlin said, “This event today is of historical significance to the nation. We all know that the problem of solid waste management has been around for many years. Today, heartfelt thanks of the nation should go to all parties concerned, in achieving a sustainable solution for solid waste management.”

Health Minister Hon Dwayne Seymour said, “Today marks a milestone after two years’ of negotiation.” Minister Seymour said that the estimated cost of the part of the contract covered by this agreement was 20 million dollars, and that the “Entire mound will be covered by a regulation layer by the end of the year…essentially the winner is the environment.”

“The negotiating team has brought a depth of technical expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm to a painstakingly detailed process that will serve the long-term interests of Caymanians and residents alike. This has resulted in an agreement for pre-construction works that will significantly impact how we manage solid waste in this country, and which has been achieved in partnership with the Dart-led Consortium,” Mr. Seymour added.

Dart President Development Delivery & Infrastructure Cameron Graham said, “The Dart-led consortium is pleased to be able to progress these strategic aspects of the project that benefit our entire community. The ongoing capping has already ha

The current landfill reaches the end of its life in 2024, when it will be replaced with the new ISWMS facilities, including an energy recovery facility that, it is claimed, will generate less volumes of waste material in the form of ash.

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Daphne Orrett

14 Oct, 2020

Congratulations to our Cayman Islands Government, as well as the DART-led Consortium, for this very important step toward saving our zenvironnent.. and us !!!