The Pockwood Pond-based incinerator is expected to be fully functional in roughly two months.
Health Minister Carvin Malone gave that indication while answering questions in the House of Assembly recently.
“We anticipate that the incinerator unit will be fully repaired and brought back into operation by the end of September 2019,” the minister said.
Skelton Electrics Ltd as well as equipment manufacturer, Consutech, have now been awarded contracts to carry out electrical repairs to the incinerator building and to procure a ‘control panel’ needed for the incinerator to function.
Since the incinerator was damaged in a fire last November, Consutech has inspected the plant and presented three options for the restoration of the control system.
By December of last year, government had received quotations from three local companies equipped to rewire the electrical systems of the damaged incinerator.
Funding was then provided in the 2019 budget for the repair works. Malone said Cabinet had also decided to waive the tender process and award contracts to the aforementioned companies.
Other incinerator woes
Apart from the incinerator being non-functional, it is without a ‘scrubber’ — a device used to filter the noxious smoke that emits from the incinerator. This has been a significant cause of discomfort for residents who said they have been experiencing health issues for the many years the device has been absent.
The issue was further compounded following the 2017 hurricanes when a higher volume of debris had to be incinerated at the waste facility.
However, nothing has been incinerated at the facility since last November when the incinerator burst into flames and went out of commission altogether.
The department of Waste Management has been using a landfill to dispose of the piles of waste, which would have otherwise been incinerated since the closure.
Also since the closure, the waste site has caught fire more than three occasions, creating new problems for residents of West End.
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