Incinerator running well after repairs, minister says
The Tynes Bay Incinerator is handling almost 300 tons of garbage a day – despite recent reliability problems at the plant.
Wayne Furbert, the acting minister for public works, said during a press conference this week that both burners at the incinerators, which were repaired last month, were still running smoothly.
He added: “All the boilers are up and working and everything’s working accordingly.
“I will have a further update in Tyne’s Bay as time goes on.”
The burners broke down several times in October and November last year, which resulted in an estimated $110,000 repair bill.
Breakdowns in other equipment – made worse by problems caused by Covid-19 and supply chain difficulties – meant that trash was taken to Marsh Folly in Pembroke for landfill.
The burners were repaired last month and were operating at “near-normal” capacity by Christmas.
Mr Furbert told the House of Assembly last November that the plant was more than 25 years old and needed to be replaced.
He told MPs “Tynes Bay has gone beyond its life cycle and it’s about to give up.”
Work to stabilise the plant is expected to cost up to $10 million, but Mr Furbert warned that a full replacement would cost close to $150 million.