Government will soon begin Phase Two of its multi-million-dollar green energy programme at Vaucluse, St Thomas.
Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe has disclosed that negotiations are in the final stages.
“We are building out the green energy programme with some focus and some enthusiasm. We have going, at this point in time, arrangements for not only the waste-to-energy plant but we are in the final stages of negotiations on Phase Two of the green energy programme at Vaucluse that involves the solar programme and the landfill gas-to-energy programme,” he said earlier this week.
Lowe said the project involved extracting gases from a number of decommissioned landfill cells at the site.
“We have just identified a source for the purchase of our [carbon dioxide] that will be used in our offshore programme and which is very important, and that will also allow us to scale back on the emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere,” the minister added.
He said that as far as the waste-to-energy programme was concerned, all of the preliminary studies were now being conducted.
“Some [of the engineers] have flown in already. I understand a team will be coming in around the middle of January to continue to do the preliminary work that needs to be done. I know that the environmental impact study is being undertaken, a waste characterization study is being undertaken – that is to determine the content of the waste to ensure that the feed stock is available on a consistent basis; and, of course, a social impact study is to be done, as well as a transport study to deal with transportation in and out of the site up there,” he disclosed.
Lowe said the solar project was also being negotiated.
“A contractor is being looked at in terms of getting appropriate proposals in so that the Government could move ahead on that aspect of the green energy programme as well,” he said.
Lowe said the other part of the green energy programme was recycling and the Sanitation Service Authority would be launching a “green collection” programme. That would feature a vehicle dedicated to collecting green waste around the country.
“That would include your plastics and your card and so on . . . The vehicle, I am told, is branded . . . and we should be rolling that out in the next week to two weeks,” the minister said.