American company wins waste to energy concession

POSTED: 07/14/14 11:39 PM

St. Maarten – The American company Synergy has won the bid for a concession agreement for the solid waste processing plan on Pond Island, Vromi-Minister Maurice lake announced in a press release last night. The council of Ministers and the legal affairs department are currently reviewing the draft concession agreement, Lake stated.

Minister Lake said that he has been working diligently on concluding the project during the past 12-months that he has been a minister.

“The landfill on Pond Island has to go. It is getting larger and higher and its capacity is getting smaller as each day goes by.  From time to time you have fire breaking out on the landfill, and this is not good for the surrounding communities. Since I became Minister in June 2013 I have worked diligently to get to the point where we are at now. We have selected a company and the concession agreement is under discussion. Gebe is in discussion with Synergy as well,” Lake stated.

The minister said that the agreement is a major milestone, even though it has not been signed yet. “I hope to sign off on the agreement prior to the end of my term as minister. I have to give a lot of credit to the steering committee, Kema and the legal team for bringing us to this point. The waste to energy facility will improve the quality of life for the people. The ever-growing landfill will be reduced over time and the waste will be turned into energy.”

Recycling is an integral part of the process, the minister added. “Waste to energy is one key component of the country becoming less reliant on fossil fuels which are polluting the globe and leading to climate change. I have been working closely with Gebe about to studies in the area of renewable energies, such as the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).”

“The black smoke emanating from the smoke stack at the Cay Bay NV GEBE power plant is also being studied to see what technology has to be installed to do away with this.  It’s going to be a win-win for all,” the Minister stated.

 

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