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Salt to freshwater plant for East End as part of major works

Underwater pipes are laid across Stokes Point by Crisson Construction as part of a plan to revamp water and wastewater services. (File photograph)

A plant to turn salt water into fresh water in the East End is planned by the Bermuda Land Development Company.

The BLDC has advertised for a contractor to install and run a new reverse osmosis plant in St David’s.

A notice from the quango said: “The BLDC is requesting proposals from interested contractors to build a water treatment plant and operate it and its adjacent ancillary facilities to produce potable water at Southside in the parish of St George’s.

“The plant will operate for a minimum of seven years with an option for BLDC to extend a further three years.”

The notice said the plant had to be up and running within three months of the contract being awarded and produce at least 85,000 gallons a day, with a maximum capacity of 160,000 gallons for 14 days at a time.

Anyone interested in submitting a bid should visit the BLDC website and the deadline for completed proposals is 3pm on September 14.

The notice added: “Water treatment plant operators submitting a proposal for this work will be required to provide sufficient information to demonstrate their financial means and technical capability to complete the works in accordance with the contract documents.

“Proposals submitted by companies that cannot demonstrate this expertise will be automatically disqualified.”

The plant is part of the redevelopment of the water and wastewater systems in the East End, designed to tackle problems by an ageing water network.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said in May that multiple firms would work at the same time on the water and sewage system to bring “relief to the long suffering residents of this area”.

He said the pipelines and pumping equipment in Southside, dated back to the US military base at Kindley Field.

A $30 million guarantee for a Clarien Bank loan to the BLDC for the project was tabled in the House of Assembly earlier this year by Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, and more than $5.5 million in contracts for the project were revealed last month in the Official Gazette

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Published August 18, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated August 18, 2021 at 7:38 am)

Salt to freshwater plant for East End as part of major works

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