The electrical works to the control panel for the Solid Waste Incinerator plant at Pockwood Pond is now 95 percent completed and is awaiting certification from a specialist from its manufacturers.
Minister for Health Carvin Malone told BVI News that the recent passing of the owner of Skelton Electrics Limited, Oliver Skelton, coupled with the holidays that followed delayed the completion of the repair in December.
“I am cautious not to give a specific date, but 95 percent of the electrical connection to the control panel has been done, but because it was so close to Christmas, we could not get the folks from the manufacturers to come down before Christmas and therefore had to wait until they reopened this year which is now in January,” Minister Malone stated.
“We are trying to get the set date for the manufacturer to send their engineers to certify that the electrical connections were done as specified, and then we can operate the incinerator again,” he added.
The Health Minister further said measures are being undertaken to prevent a repeat of the November 2018 disaster which resulted in the incinerator being damaged.
“Once the connections and the wiring have been certified, we will continue to train the operators so that safety measures are placed within the system so that we can sense if there are any overheating or issues that need to be corrected. Also, the maintenance of the system is very important so we are going to make sure that is done and we can have it checked, certified and examined periodically,” Malone stated.
Since the incinerator was out of commission, the Department of Waste Management has been using a landfill to dispose of the piles of waste, which would have otherwise been incinerated.
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