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Incinerator will be ‘fully operational’ in 2 weeks- Premier Fahie

Premier and Minister of Finance and First District Representative, Hon Andrew A. Fahie, while delivering his annual First District Report at the Cappoons Bay Recreation Grounds on January 11, 2020, said the incinerator at Pockwood Pond will be fully operational within two weeks. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance and First District Representative, Hon Andrew A. Fahie delivering his annual First District Report at the Cappoons Bay Recreation Grounds on January 11, 2020. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance and First District Representative, Hon Andrew A. Fahie delivering his annual First District Report at the Cappoons Bay Recreation Grounds on January 11, 2020. Photo: VINO
Mr Jay Phillips, left, of Consutech and Lambert DeCastro, right, of Skelton Electrical working on the certification of electrical connections of the control panel for the incinerator at Pockwood on January 7, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Mr Jay Phillips, left, of Consutech and Lambert DeCastro, right, of Skelton Electrical working on the certification of electrical connections of the control panel for the incinerator at Pockwood on January 7, 2020. Photo: Facebook
It was on January 7, 2020 that Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL), seen here at the First District Report and Party on January 11, 2020, notified the general public via his Facebook page that the incinerator would be operational ‘within days’. Photo: TodmanBay Photography
It was on January 7, 2020 that Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL), seen here at the First District Report and Party on January 11, 2020, notified the general public via his Facebook page that the incinerator would be operational ‘within days’. Photo: TodmanBay Photography
CAPPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI- Many persons who showed up at the Cappoons Bay Recreation Grounds on Saturday, January 11, 2020 to hear what Premier and Minister of Finance and First District Representative, Hon Andrew A. Fahie had to say about progress and plans in his constituency were no doubt eager to hear when they would be lifted from their discomfort arising from the incinerator at Pockwood Pond being down for more than a year.

The word they were eagerly waiting to hear came with the announcement that the control panel of the incinerator had been installed.

Relief in 2 weeks!

“I also know that the people in the First District and neighbouring area would be very pleased to know, in case you didn’t know, that the control panel for the incinerator is now installed, thanks to the Minister of Health, Honourable [Carvin] Malone and his team,” Hon Fahie said during the delivery of his annual First District Report.

The Premier continued that the contractor for the control panel is in the Territory and the incinerator is expected to be fully operational within two weeks.

“And the open burning will be significantly that of no more. This is progress, this is moving in one direction, forward,” Premier Fahie stated.

Incinerator down since November 2018

The incinerator has been out of operation since a fire destroyed portions of the facility, including the control panel, on November 26, 2018.

Since then landfill fires- some of major proportions- have been frequent, causing persons to raise health concerns. There have been cases where persons have had to temporarily relocate due to the amount of smoke from landfill fires.

It was on January 7, 2020 that Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) notified the general public via his Facebook page that the incinerator would be operational “within days”.

“Jay Phillips of Consutech is on location at Pockwood Pond for the certification of the electrical connections of the Control Panel for the incinerator. Works are proceeding well by Lambert DeCastro of Skelton Electrical and within days we should be up and running.

“Next -- the 4 years awaited scrubber which when installed would improve the emission from the incinerator. Let's all pray that all goes excellent,” Hon Malone had stated.

5 Responses to “Incinerator will be ‘fully operational’ in 2 weeks- Premier Fahie”

  • Strupes (13/01/2020, 14:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is way overdue. I really dont see anything to brag about because this should've been completed months ago and besides, the minister/party are all being paid to do a job. If this was the private sector they would've been fired for tardiness

  • Anonymous (13/01/2020, 18:02) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    For 8 years the NDP did nothing THANK GOD WE VOTED THEM OUT!!! WE THANK YOU VIP AND CARVIN
  • Too true (14/01/2020, 05:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We needed a new scrubber installed BEFORE the NDP came into power for their eight year run...… The VIP are to blame for this too!!!
  • Truth (14/01/2020, 07:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The elected officials playing with all ayo mind. Tge incinerator is obsolete....ayo dumb?? Tge incinerator is an open fire in a chamber with no scrubber. When will ayo press the government on FACTS?? Pure dummy in the bvi. Lack of knowledge on all sides government and residents!


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