The company selected to develop the Waste-to-Energy Plant for the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill could be given the green light to sign the contract within the next two weeks. The name of the selected company has not been revealed so far.
The project will be located in Eccles, East Bank Demerara, Guyana.
According to sources, the Ministry of Communities in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are set to take before Cabinet the papers of the contract that will allow the company to build, own and operate the facility.
The preferred bidder will be responsible to provide the technology and investment to convert solid waste at the Haags Bosch dumpsite into electricity.
In February the Ministry launched the tender to Build, Own and Operate the waste-to-energy plant at the existing Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill. The contract specified that some 350 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste would be utilised to generate electricity, that would in turn be sold.
The Haags Bosch location was selected with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2000.
The Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, noted:
“We (Government) inherited as a result of the dysfunctional system of local government a very ineffective system for solid waste management, the most visible of these is the Haags Bosch. What should have been a sanitary land fill, regrettably and unfortunately, was not managed as such, and there were many deficiencies.”