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Baugher’s Bay plant under new management!

- Supply of water expected to improve in a month or two- Hon. Vanterpool
A reduction in water rationing and a more consistent supply of water to households and businesses are expected from the Baugher’s Bay Desalination Plant in the coming months as it is now under new management- Sage Utilities Holdings Limited. Photo: GIS
The signing of the contract between Sage Utilities Holdings Limited and Government for the management and operation of the Baugher’s Bay Plant over the next six months effective December 1, 2012 took place yesterday November 29, 2012 in the conference room, Office of the Premier. From left to right: Mr Meade Malone of Sage Utilties Holdings Limited, Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
The signing of the contract between Sage Utilities Holdings Limited and Government for the management and operation of the Baugher’s Bay Plant over the next six months effective December 1, 2012 took place yesterday November 29, 2012 in the conference room, Office of the Premier. From left to right: Mr Meade Malone of Sage Utilties Holdings Limited, Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A reduction in water rationing and a more consistent supply of water to households and businesses are expected from the Baugher’s Bay Desalination Plant in the coming months as it is now under new management- Sage Utilities Holdings Limited.

Sage Utilities has been contracted by Government for the management and operation of the Baugher’s Bay Plant over the next six months effective December 1, 2012. The plant remains the property of the VI Government.

The signing of the contract, which took place yesterday November 29, 2012 in the conference room, Office of the Premier, ensures the production of hopefully 950, 000 imperial gallons of water per day which should clear up some of the issues of water shortage that the Territory is now facing, hopefully within the next few months.

The arrangement, according to Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, also includes an assessment of the current operations, including the Well Fields with an emphasis on bringing them back to their modern operational status.

He also said that since March 2010 Government has had the full responsibility of the operation of the Baugher’s Bay Desalination Plant and that from then to now a great deal of money has been expended to refurbish, manage, maintain and operate the plant.

“The Baugher’s Bay play is responsible for most of the water production on Tortola. Although we have tried to maintain the plant at the best of our abilities, the truth is we lack the full technical expertise and management structure to ensure it functions at its full capacity.”

As a result of the challenges to management, Hon. Vanterpool said, the plant’s expenditure increased while production decreased. “At best production levels have been inconsistent. At its full capacity, the Baugher’s Bay Plant should produce approximately 1 million imperial gallons of water per day. On average it is currently producing 650, 000 imperial gallons per day and over the last seven months capacity has dropped sometimes to as low as 350, 000 imperial gallons per day.”

Minister Vanterpool continued that the lack of a formal structure and management affected the budget and the operation of the Water and Sewerage Department and ultimately the reliable delivery of water to residents in the Territory.

“It has usurped the budget tremendously, overextended our human resources at the Water and Sewerage Department because they could not have focussed as well as they wanted to at times on their core objectives since they are also Government’s eyes and ears to ensure the plant was being managed properly. Obviously residents suffered as a result of the constant water rationing that had to be implemented due to the low levels of water in the system. All in all we felt that we could not continue to function like this.”

There will be a fixed operation cost of $50, 000 monthly to operate the plant and in addition Government will be paying Sage Utilities Holdings Limited an added incentive of $2.50c per 1000 imperial gallons, which, according to Hon. Vanterpool, represents the lowest costs to Government for the purchase of water throughout the Territory in terms of managing the plant.

“This contract signifies a move in a positive direction to ensure that we can provide a clean and reliable source of municipal water for residents and visitors of the Territory....This is an interim measure until Biwater, who is contracted to produce water, is in a position to begin their production at their Paraquita Bay plant.”

Regarding water quality, Hon. Vanterpool said a Standard Water Quality is stipulated in the contract that Sage Utilities Holding Limited must meet and he expects that to be the case.

Minister Vanterpool also disclosed that he will be giving a more comprehensive statement on the subject of water in the Territory at the next Sitting of the House of Assembly.

Managing Director of Sage Utilities Holdings Limited Mr Meade Malone said that on behalf of the more than 1000 shareholders of Sage Utilities Holding Limited, he wanted to thank Government for allowing him the opportunity of being of service to the Territory in the capacity of managing the Baugher’s Bay plant.

“As a result of the Shareholders ownership in Ocean Conversion, we currently provide water to the Territory through Ocean Conversion Bar Bay facility in a reliable and efficient manner,” Mr Malone stated.

He assured Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith that the company has gathered the necessary human resources and it is its full intention to ensure that the same level of service and reliability is provided through the Government’s Baugher’s Bay facility.

“As you know that facility is very familiar to the team that will manage the plant. Our first step will be to quickly assess the state of the current plant as well as its Well Fields and we report to you on our findings...We will use the knowledge and operational experience to produce the maximum level of water possible by the facility.”

Mr Malone also disclosed that Government will provide materials, equipment and spare parts necessary for the plant’s efficient operation.

51 Responses to “Baugher’s Bay plant under new management!”

  • free (30/11/2012, 07:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    here we go again OC got the plant back!
  • Help (30/11/2012, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will just be happy to have water when I get home from work during the week and on a saturday afternoon so that I can finish my chores
    • under the bus (30/11/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this decsion is part of this country's biggest problem of Bad Governance
    • water boy (30/11/2012, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      its not just about water is them doing right for OC but like they say even a broken clock is right twice a day
  • vip (30/11/2012, 08:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp has given this contract to themselves......well sah!
    • ... (30/11/2012, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This seems to be the beginning of the end for NDP/OC/BVI investment club!!....the line between genius and madness is hardly discernible...such a pathetic state of affairs.
    • more (30/11/2012, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      more red herring.
  • Who Knows - Knows! (30/11/2012, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And, was this contract put up for bid?
    • what bid? (30/11/2012, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The country cannot let this one selfish set of people-bvi investment club hold the country to ransom
  • Crisp (30/11/2012, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Surprise, Surprise! whatever............. It's obvious that these people cannot maintain their elaborate lifestyles without being a parasite to the government's purse and then they walk around playing big. The whole bunch of them should be shame of themselves.......I have no respect for such people.
  • jonesee (30/11/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Right back to the BVI Investment Club LMAOL
  • qc (30/11/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a national disgrace conflict of interst!
  • Tradewind (30/11/2012, 09:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So @ $50k month for 12 months (not including the $2.50/1000 imp gal.) is $600k/yr. Where was the tender advertised in accordance with the Financial Management Act recently passed? This is a major service contract and how are we to know that the fees for management is competetive? Where was this advertised so that any other company could submitt a tender? Well sah more of the same! Can one say that the delays caused by inactions by this Government placed BiWater in this postion whereby they have been delayed thus openign the door for OC to watz right in? It appears so to me!
  • same old (30/11/2012, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a crock of.....you sign here Dr. Smith... This is just like your budget, not work the paper you printed it on.
  • bay yute (30/11/2012, 11:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    allyuh see now why the people aint trust the NDP but just did not wah four more years of the vip..tis tings like tis why dey NDP so unpopular wid dey voters now
  • where is the governor (30/11/2012, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of us were guarantee that the NDP would not touch the Baughers Bay Plant with a 10ft pole because of the many conflict of interest and them paying themselves but wrong!—they did it!!!
  • ooooo (30/11/2012, 11:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the fox is back in the hen house
  • Confucius (30/11/2012, 13:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't even know where to start. Once I pick my jaw up off the floor, perhaps I'll be able to figure this move out.

    WOW!
    • Vamp (30/11/2012, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      how much do we pay aqua design? how much did we pay them for the work they did on that same plant? how much we paying for the plant at JVD? why only when oc get a contrct the amount is a problem? u ppl too damn jealous. youballing for water, you will get it now but is still a problem. if i wuz the guv i wud leave everyting as is and let biwater tek their sweet time. nobody ballin bout suffering under biwater with now ater but now tis a problem.
      • @ you (02/12/2012, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        TO: "Vamp" stop the blind party loyalty. Ask questions. Your future is at stake!!!!!!!!
      • Misled (03/12/2012, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To Vamp". Just to see how far out you are, you ask how much govt paid Aqua, and how much they pat the plant at JVD. You don't even know that the same Ocean Conversion who you here defending OWNS THE JVD PLANT. And they charging government some $40 per 1000 gallons, second only to Anegada. And do you know who owns Anegada?
  • HAHA (30/11/2012, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all memory short, this is 9 days talk, by the time elections come back around y'all done forget and vote these sheep in wolves clothing back in. HaHA!
  • report (30/11/2012, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS NEED CLEARING UP
  • rate high (30/11/2012, 19:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guess the investment club achieved their gold
  • fool me once (30/11/2012, 19:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VOTERS Crappo smoke all yuh pipe hard dis time.
  • red flag (30/11/2012, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yuh see this thing I not ever again going to dey polls
  • farmer brown (01/12/2012, 05:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said: "When a people fear the government that is tyranny. When a government fears the people that is freedom"
  • puppy (01/12/2012, 05:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting developments...
  • power move (01/12/2012, 11:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When this is all done, follow the money trail....

  • not yet (01/12/2012, 12:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets see if the VIP digs dem heels in on this one.

  • case (01/12/2012, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The real issue here is transparency.
  • ray g (02/12/2012, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I find this unbelievable
  • vote people (03/12/2012, 02:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    God save us!
  • kim collins (03/12/2012, 07:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The place is sick with lies that prop corruption and breeds misery.
  • vi (03/12/2012, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    OC found aother cash cow.
  • talk dat (04/12/2012, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money talks my friends...money talks!!!




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