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The Future Trust of Barbados Invites Residents of Barbados to Participate in Discussions About the Hard Facts on Cahill Gasification Plant

The Future Trust of Barbados under the theme ‘Guardians of our Heritage’ invites residents of Barbados to attend two Town Hall meetings on the 13th and 14th of July 2015. The discussion will centre on ‘Hard facts on the Cahill Gasification Plant’.

Panellists: Professor Paul Connett of Lawrence University, Lennie St.Hill, former Town Planner and Mark Hill, Scientist

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86 Comments on “The Future Trust of Barbados Invites Residents of Barbados to Participate in Discussions About the Hard Facts on Cahill Gasification Plant”

  1. PT@@ July 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM #

    Yet more proof of why the Cahill management of the Cowan woman was dismissive of the former project director Kevin O Donnell who warned of these issues and the need for more investigation of the technologies and viable alternative proven technologies .
    The issue of scale up and sustainability and more importantly maintainability were of major concern to him.
    Hence he is no longer with the company .

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  2. David July 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM #

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  3. David July 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

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  4. Guy Fox July 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM #

    Cahill is a disaster. Down Lowe dirty nasty deal and by Jesus, Darcy and the Scammers will pay.

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  5. ZZ@ July 16, 2015 at 2:26 AM #

    3 MORE YEARS?
    Controversial Cahill Energy project unlikely to begin before 2018

    Added by Barbados Today on July 16, 2015.
    Saved under Energy, Local News

    There’s uncertainty surrounding the date for the start of the controversial Cahill Energy Project, and it could be at least three years before it materializes.

    That’s according to Kerry McKenna, Practice Leader in Gasification and Coals to Liquids at Hatch – the Honour Engineer for Cahill Energy – who explained that designs for the project were still ongoing.

    Speaking from his office in Mississauga, Canada this morning, McKenna told Barbados TODAY that due
    to the complexity and nature of the venture, it could take between three to six years to complete the waste-to-energy project.

    “These projects vary in length. As you go through the engineering and design phases, they take a few years to design, and then there is also financing steps which sometimes delay these type of projects, so it could be anywhere from three years to five or six years depending on how many bumps happen to occur,” McKenna revealed.

    “There are a lot of factors and it’s a big window, but there are a lot of things that can still happen . . . but a concerted timeframe would be anywhere from three to six years.”

    The technology engineer stressed that there had been no agreement on a start-up date for the project.

    “I’m not aware of any confirmed date. There are a bunch of engineering steps that are going to be needed to be progressed through, so we are still doing a lot of design work and selecting the final technologies and things like that.

    “There needs to be an environmental assessment and a permitting process that needs to go through. So all those steps that we are still getting to, create some uncertainty as to exactly how long it will take in terms of the time for constructing,” McKenna noted, stressing that this was typical for projects of this nature.

    However, during a town hall meeting at the Lester Vaughan School on Monday night, the former professor of Chemistry
    at St Lawerence University of New York, Paul Connett, suggested that a waste-to-energy plant in Barbados was unlikely to become a reality.

    “Don’t get too scared, because they’re not going to build the stupid thing. It won’t happen, either because of the legal aspects, or the people of Barbados just won’t stand for it,” Connett told the packed audience gathered for the event, organized by the Future Centre Trust.

    “Before I came to Barbados, I had no knowledge of Barbados,” Connett said, in an attempt to emphasize his neutrality. “I have no interest in the politics here [or] the political parties, I have no axe to grind.

    “I am just going to give you what I believe, based upon 30 years of studying waste management.”

    Connett, who is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, and author of the book, Zero Waste Solution – Unthrashing the Planet One Community at a Time, suggested that a waste conservation solution would be a more suitable option for Barbados.

    “We want model solutions, and my dream for Barbados is to help this island become a model for the whole Caribbean. We want Barbados to show that an island can develop a circular economy, and persuade not only the rest of the Caribbean to follow suit and cooperate on this, but also to be a model for every island in the world,” he insisted.

    “I’ve been to many islands – Hawaii, Isle of Man, St Maarten, Curacao Puerto Rico, Guam. . . and they’re all struggling to handle the waste problem, because they’ve all taken the attitude of, ‘let’s find a place to put it.’”

    The Guernsey-based Cahill Energy announced in March 2014 that it had signed an “historic” agreement with the Government of Barbados to build and operate “a leading edge” US$240 million clean energy plant in n Vaucluse, St Thomas. The company said it would utilize “the most innovative technology available” to transform all kinds of waste on Barbados into clean, renewable energy.

    Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has questioned Cahill Energy’s ability to deliver, while warning that plasma gasification technology was “largely untested commercially”. She has also called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to release details of the agreement to the public.

    McKenna said while he understood some of the concerns being raised about the multi-million dollar project, there was no reason to fear.

    He pointed out that similar technology had been instituted in countries such as Japan, as well as across Europe.

    “The technology which is going to be used in the project, called plasma gasification, this process has been demonstrated in Japan where it has been operational for over 10 years. It’s being introduced in Europe and there are two major plants of similar scale being built in England right now,” the engineer explained.

    “It’s very well researched and used in England in terms of the health effects to the local community, so we know it’s quite safe,” he said

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  6. David July 16, 2015 at 4:54 AM #

    How do you explain CEO Clare Cowan mention of a September 2015 date?

    On 16 July 2015 at 06:26, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  7. Guy Fox July 16, 2015 at 5:07 AM #

    She trying to sell a dead horse so time is of the essence. She needs to pretend the project is about to start, that’s like waving a red flag to a Chinese bull, LOL.

    THAT PROJECT IS DEAD, Mia Amor Mottley has ensured that with he biting expose. Now PISS OFF Clare Cowen and your behind the scenes SCAMMERS

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  8. David July 16, 2015 at 5:36 AM #

    A relevant document – https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/cahill.pdf

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  9. Bush Tea July 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    Of course the Cahill project is NOT ever going to be built. wuh even AC can see that….
    …and it was NEVER the intent to build it either.

    Cahill is simply a fraud scheme designed to filter money from the Barbados Treasury into a number of private pockets. No need to build one shiite to do that.
    All these people EVER wanted was a ‘project’ that sounded sellable, feasible and sensible to Bajans where they could legitimately spend MILLIONS of our dollars on studies, consultants, engineering, travel studies (convenient for depositing tax-free funds) and PR.

    This scam has worked beautifully in the past….and Mia would know this well.

    Just ensuring that the project ‘is never built’ therefore is a hollow victory. What we need is a FULL INDEPENDENT AUDIT on all funds spent in pursuit of this scam…by ANY ministry and under ANY head.
    When we can see WHAT was paid to WHOM …for what service, many many things will become clearer … Wunna think it is a coincidence that those DLP lawyers charging $700,000 for reading some shiite agreement at the Cave and other such nonsense…?

    IF Mia wanted to be REALLY useful, she should fight to re-establish the PAC (does she not have 13 seats in parliament? Bushie would LOVE to see who would vote against its revitalisation) …and then institute such an audit to be conducted under the guidance of one of the VERY FEW REAL MEN remaining anywhere in Barbados.
    …a chap called Auditor General, Leigh Trotman.

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