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Cabinet has approved the award of contracts, valued at more than $120 million, by the National Water Commission (NWC), to effect improvement works on some of the agency’s water and sewage treatment facilities.
Addressing journalists at a post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, on November 5, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, advised that a contract, in the sum of $67.8 million, has been awarded to Bacchus Engineering Works Limited, for the laying of 11 kilometres of pipeline, to facilitate the commissioning of the NWC’s water transmission line from the Long Hill deep well station to the Nain booster station in St. Elizabeth. The project is expected to be completed within nine months.
“This contract will be funded jointly, by the National Water Commission and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute. Completion of this project, will result in an improved level of service to the communities within and surrounding the Essex Valley area of South East St. Elizabeth, and its border with Southern Manchester,” Senator Nelson informed.
The Minister pointed out that a contract, in the sum of US$590,483, has been awarded to Tridel Construction Group, to facilitate the “retirement” of the existing Cornwall Court sewage treatment works at Great Pond in Montego Bay, St. James and to have the plant relocated across town, to the NWC’s facility at Bogue. “This contract will allow the National Water Commission to accomplish this,” he noted.
Senator Nelson also advised that a contract, valued at $43.8 million, has been awarded to Industrial Chemical Company Limited, to supply the NWC with approximately 1,224 tons of aluminium sulphate. “As you all know, aluminium sulphate is used in the water treatment process of the National Water Commission,” the Minister informed.