The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is looking to “incorporate green technologies” with its recent tender issue for a reverse osmosis (RO) plant on Ragged Island, said WSC Chairman Adrian Gibson yesterday.
After the passage of Hurricane Irma in September, the government declared Ragged Island uninhabitable, but its residents swore they would move back and rebuild. This moved the government to declare that it would relieve the island of its dependence on fossil fuels for energy production.
During Hurricane Irma, the original RO plant and the houses on the island were “totally destroyed”, according to Gibson.
Prior to the storm, the plant’s design, build, own and operate (DBOO) contract was on a month-to-month basis. Gibson told Guardian Business that in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the existing contractor was providing emergency reverse osmosis to provide water for residents on the island.
“That temporary plant only provided a limited supply to the island’s reduced population. That limited supply was only about 700 gallons per day, versus 5,000 gallons,” Gibson said.
Therefore, WSC issued an invitation to bid for a DBOO contract.
“The invitation of tender arises because there is an effort on the part of the corporation to incorporate green technologies, to follow clear and transparent policies and to ensure we get the best to advance it,” said Gibson.
He added that it would also be good for the corporation in terms of finding the best cost-effective solution.
The prospective contractor is expected to provide design, expertise, labor, materials, equipment and other necessary services.
A pre-tender site visit is scheduled for January 16 and all tenders must be submitted by the end of this month.
Gibson indicated that persons interested in the tender should also keep in mind and be aware of the government’s agenda to make the island more environmentally friendly.