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Biwater already invested $25M of own money into project

- No review of designs & drawings provided by Biwater for Facilities and Sewage Treatment Plant
Some US$25M has already been invested in the Biwater Construction Project, the Members of the House of Assembly were told on October 9, 2012. Photo: VINO
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool told the House of Assembly on October 9, 2012 that the Biwater Project has already seen some US$25M invested in the construction phase. He also said there has been no review of the designs and drawings to see if they were in accordance with relevant quality and performance standards but was willing to do so if the contract so stipulated. Photo: GIS.
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool told the House of Assembly on October 9, 2012 that the Biwater Project has already seen some US$25M invested in the construction phase. He also said there has been no review of the designs and drawings to see if they were in accordance with relevant quality and performance standards but was willing to do so if the contract so stipulated. Photo: GIS.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The controversial Biwater Project has already seen some $25M invested in the construction phase even though there has been no review of the designs and drawings by the Ministry of Communications and Works to see if they were in accordance with relevant quality and performance standards.

This information was supplied by Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool in response to questions posed by Representative for the 3rd District Hon. Julian Fraser RA during the Third Sitting of the Second Session of the Second House of Assembly Yesterday, October 9, 2012.

Asked how much  money  was invested  in  BiWater’s  Project construction to date, Hon. Vanterpool said that from reports received, the money invested in the Biwater Project Construction to date is in the "range of 25 million US".

He said the construction of a water plant cost approximately $20M; the expenditures on pipelines were approximately $3M while the construction of a reservoir was approximately $2M.

The money invested, however, is Biwater's own money.

Hon. Fraser then asked whether the designs and drawings provided by BiWater for the Facilities and the Sewage Treatment Plant (including pipelines and pumping stations) were reviewed and approved in accordance with the relevant quality and  performance standards  defined  by  the American Water Works Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials as stipulated in the BiWater Agreement.

The response received from Hon. Vanterpool was that “documents” were provided to the Ministry by Biwater but no form of review has been done.

The Member from the 3rd District then asked the Minister how he would account for the sustainability of the plant if the reviews were not done.

The Minister for Communications and Works said he did not wish to make excuses for a review not done but noted that if the contract calls for such review then it will be done.

Hon. Vanterpool also disclosed that since this term in office started he has made regular visits to Biwater sites, held regular meetings with the project director and intends to make more regular visits along with technical staff from Water and Sewerage Department.

The Biwater Project, which was strongly opposed by the ruling party government of Dr. D. Orlando Smith leading up to the November 2011 Elections, recently failed to source adequate underground water  and has since written to Government requesting a further extension on their promise to deliver water by November.

Minister Vanterpool had previously informed the House of Assembly that BiWater had indicated that the timeline for delivery of water was November 30, 2012. The Minister also disclosed that the BIWater request for an extension is being processed through the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Attorney General´s Office.

12 Responses to “Biwater already invested $25M of own money into project”

  • Man Down (10/10/2012, 08:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is some good information so hope all those cow birds who was staying biwater broke will wheel and come again!
  • ooooo (10/10/2012, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i told you all it was a good deal...see, it aint cost the country a dime yet...the man them spending their own money and aint getting a dime until they produce water unlike those who were getting paid monthly, whether they produce or not
  • Nause (10/10/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is absolutely nauseating, imagin the Agreement provides for the Government to review the drawings and specifications for compliance with world standards, and the minister is saying that none of that was done.

    Imagin the Agreement provides for the Government to inspect the construction to ensure that the construction is done according to the drawings and specifications for compliance with world standards, and the minister is saying that none of that was done.

    Imagin the Permanent Secretary in the Employer's Representative and she doesn't have a clue about engineering. Ths is a total scandal.

    The whole point about Government being allowed to make inspections is to ensure that when the plant and other facilities are built they are durable, so that when they are turned over to government in 15 years they won't be like the Baughers Bay Plant (WHICH WAS NO GOOD).
  • egg face (10/10/2012, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good question fraser we leaning a lot of information
  • You still stirring the pot (10/10/2012, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Could it be that Communications and Works haven't got anything to review because Town and Country Planning still holding up the show? This is one of the few projects in town, being built, where the subcontractors can actually count on getting paid for the work they are doing. Could it be because this isn't a government project, you can put in your invoice and get a check back within 30 days. Now if you waiting for a check on the hospital project you could be waiting for up to 7 months. Let's not even get into Communications and Works where you could be waiting years to get paid. And if they had something to review would they know what they are reviewing? Just stirring the pot in good VINO fashion.
  • vg (10/10/2012, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This project was a wise move at this particular time in our country as the economy under the NDP has hit the tank…this investment by the private sector definitely help feed a lot of our people and helped our financial position.
  • Disintereeted (10/10/2012, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ministry/public works is not exercising due diligence. How can $25M be spent on a construction project and the agency with providing oversight of the project had not review the plans and specifications to ensure that they either are consistent with the requirements or they deviate from them. This is critical and vital water system project and timely and proper plan review is needed. Do not expect what you do not inspect. Better quality and outcome are achieve when projects are inspected when work is being put in place, not at the end.. Delayed inspections produce poor quality and increase cost. Cost is incurred not only in dollars but also in delayed services. Further, the people of the BVI has a vested interest in the construction, operation, and maintenance of this water system, for in 16 years they will inherit and own the plant.

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  • P (10/10/2012, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god for biwater and Fraser or else a lot of people would be broke!
  • one eye roster (10/10/2012, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are the NDPs who said Biwater was broke? What are they saying now?
  • ccc (10/10/2012, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fabulous job biwater..... Well done in moving this project forward ever backwards never!!!


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