Despite plans to begin construction this month there’ll be no shovels in the ground for Government’s integrated solid waste management system any time soon.
Health Councillor Roy McTaggart said awarding a contract for construction of the long-awaited facility is still some ways off.
On Tuesday (24 January) Government announced law firm Maples and Calder and UK firm Burges Salmon were awarded a contract to advise on all legal aspects of setting up the $538 million private-public partnership project.
Mr McTaggart says it’s a critical step in moving the project forward, but he says don’t expect to see shovels in the ground before the May elections.
“We had a pre-qualification process that we have gone through to identify bidders and my understanding is a number have been identified, but to the actually getting down to brass tacks of signing a contract and awarding a contract we are not there yet. We are several months away from getting that done,” Mr McTaggart said.
A request for proposal is being prepared for pre-qualified bidders to tender for construction of the facility.