L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)

cahill, CAHILL

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

The CEO revealed that work had already started on the controversial multi-million dollar project, with waste studies and sampling completed, and a front-end engineering design contract negotiated – You’re Safe (Barbados Today)

On October 27, 2015, Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler,stated in Parliament: […]The Opposition did not wait for the process to unfold.” – meaning that the Opposition didn’t give them time to seek Town & Country Planning approval.

Pray tell me, Mr. Minister of Finance, if the Opposition didn’t wait for the process to unfold before running to the public re your application to Town & Country Planning for building the Cahill waste-to-energy plant, who gave Cahill Energy the permission to start on building the plant? It was certainly not the Opposition, because you said they ran around saying that no approval had been given by T & CP.

In the article posted above, Clare Cowan, said unequivocally that work had started on the project in July. The question here is: Who is fibbing? Someone has to be fibbing because either permission was given to Cahill Energy or not. They would not start work unless they were given the go ahead so to do! You cannot state one thing whereas something else entirely different is taking place. If Cahill Energy started work surreptitiously on the plant, would they be dealt with like Mr. Cherry who wanted to start a recycling plant, or is there here once again one law for the Medes and another for the Persians?

The Opposition spoke of Vaucluse and surrounding areas being affected by any problems that arise from running the plant – especially the toxins associated with such a plant – but they didn’t think about the people who traverse those areas on their way to work, school, the doctor, etc., or the tourists who will be driving around the island. Their health is just as much in danger as those who live in the areas that would be affected.

Granted, that will not have such an effect on the transients!

They decided to locate the plant where they got the sweetest sweetheart deal. Imagine having free water – which is so scarce that we have gone back to the days of the standpipe in the 21st Century – for 30 years. Some people would love to see water on a daily basis in this country. There are people leaving home and going to work to get a bath before starting work, and you have the audacity to give away water!

We are perhaps the most heavily taxed people in this region, yet there is a “low cash flow” when it comes to things that are important in this country. People cannot get their money months after handing their sick certificates. The scions of the poor, the needy, the vulnerable, and the so-called middle class, cannot get a tertiary education because you stopped paying their UWI fees, and to add insult to injury, you hike the fees for the BCC, leaving them only one alternative – go and find a job.

We have a Psychiatric Hospital which was so dilapidated that the patients had to sleep on the beds on the floor and the roof left much to be desired in the sense of repairs. The QEH still has problems with some things. Funding has been cut to the Welfare Department leaving a few to deal with many which affects mainly our children and those who are dependent on the pittances they now get because that money has also been cut.

But we have millions of dollars to give to foreign entities.

The argument about the building of the highway and the prison does not hold water because the only polluted air coming from the highway is from the vehicles, and as far as I know there is no more pollution at the prison than anywhere else in Barbados. As for the Greenland landfill idea, that was mooted years ago, and we are looking forward not backward. It is time to spend some of our taxes on the populace of this country!

Beware of gift-bringing Greeks, Mr. Minister of Finance!

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246 Comments on “cahill, CAHILL”

  1. Alvin Cummins November 4, 2015 at 9:19 PM #

    @Well Well,
    Any comments on Grupotec??

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  2. Hants November 4, 2015 at 11:25 PM #

    @Alvin Cummins,

    Did you do due diligence on Neogen ?

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  3. Well Well & Consequences November 5, 2015 at 2:51 AM #

    Alvin……All I see so far is that Grupotec started in Spain and expanded, care to share your knowledge of the company.

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  4. Crusoe November 5, 2015 at 3:11 AM #

    At a time when Government has no money for many critical things, how is the acquisition of land at Vaucluse being budgeted.

    Is it that whomever it belongs to now will never get paid, or for some strange reason it gets priority over the more other critical things?

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  5. `Walter Blackman November 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

    Whilst reading the comments here on BU related to the CahillI “scandal”, I observed that the point was made, over and over again, that an attempt might have been deliberately made to fool Barbadians into believing that the Government of Barbados was doing business with the reputable Canadian firm, Cahill Energy.

    In fact it was clearly pointed out, and emphasized, that the two Cahill companies involved in the current controversy were registered in Guernsey and Barbados.

    Since commenters on BU went to so much lengths to drill home this point, is it safe to assume, given the following excerpt from Barbados Today, that research has been done, and BU commenters have been proven to be liars? Have BU readers been misled?

    Barbados Today, November 5:

    “In an apparent attempt to refute her opponent’s claim that the administration’s deal with the Canadian company, Cahill Energy, for the construction of a waste to energy plant in Vaucluse, St Thomas lacked transparency, McClean told the Upper Chamber that on assuming office in 2008….”

    Did the BLP representatives in the Senate actually tell Barbadians that the Government of Barbados made a deal with the reputable Cahill Energy of Canada?
    If not, where did such information come from?

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  6. Bush Tea November 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    Emera has finally jumped into a Solar Farm, only because they have come to realise that, left to local companies, Bajans would quickly recognise that we can generate OUR OWN electrical energy with a simple installation on their roof….(as hundreds have already done).

    For YEARS, when the price of oil was US$100 per barrel, BL&P were saying that solar was TOO EXPENSIVE and was not the best fit for Barbados. Now that oil is $40 per barrel, they are “doing us the great favour” of building a $40M solar plant…..right!!

    Of course they are looking to continue making 15% profit on their old antique plant while other Bajans businesses are scrunting.

    To avert this ‘energy empowerment’ of the ‘3Bs’ (Bajan Brass Bowls) they first came up with their ‘grid limitations’; then, when that proved to be shiite, THEY will now build their OWN solar farm (using FOREIGN contractors) in order to prevent LOCALS from accessing their OWN personal systems – provided by LOCAL contractors.

    Now explain to Bushie the kind of NATIONAL LOGIC that allows a foreign company to take such actions?
    EMERA should be required to COMPETE with locals for solar ownership ….and NOT be allowed to impose shiite restrictions on customers and contractors wanting to install home and business systems.

    Perhaps Jeff will be in a position to tell us exactly why these people should have a virtual monopoly on this new technology in Barbados, which does NOT require centralised generation and distribution.

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  7. Due Diligence November 5, 2015 at 12:28 PM #

    @Walter Blackman November 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

    ………………………

    Did the BLP representatives in the Senate actually tell Barbadians that the Government of Barbados made a deal with the reputable Cahill Energy of Canada?

    If not, where did such information come from?

    See the following

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=35379

    Sinckler welcomes project

    3/18/2014

    Barbados has signed on with Cahill Energy to build and operate a gasification waste to energy facility in the island.

    Making this announcement in the House of Assembly yesterday, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler said the plant would be based in Vaucluse, St. Thomas.

    “A major international energy company out of Canada is proposing and will invest in Barbados a minimum of US$240 million with the potential to rise to US$340 million and it portends massive spin-offs for this local economy. Indeed, coming at a time when the country has seen a softening of its foreign direct investment inflows for the last two years it is a much welcome investment of foreign exchange into the Barbadian economy over the next three years,” he revealed.

    ……………………

    Meanwhile, Dr. Denis S. Lowe, Minister of Environment was reported as saying: “Cahill Energy offers us a real solution to becoming energy independent, while at the same time reducing our massive oil import bill. Cahill Energy has brought a Waste to Energy option to the Government of Barbados that is far superior to any other we have examined. We believe that our country will be changed forever as a result.”

    DD dose not know if Minister Lowe has been talking to Psychic Cyndi, but he certainly got it right that “our country will be changed forever as a result” of Cahill Energy.

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  8. Due Diligence November 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM #

    PS – Cann’t find the link, but Sinkler was also quoted in a media story in March 2014 as saying Cahill and its parent company have “as much as 15 years in business, including some in the area of energy?”

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  9. Nostradamus November 5, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

    @ Walter Blackman & Due Diligence

    Note that the Prime Minister’s letter shown in Barbados Today is addressed to Cahill Energy. The documents posted on BU refer to Cahill Energy (Barbados) Limited incorporated in Barbados and Cahill Energy Limited incorporated in Guernsey.

    It seems extremely sloppy for a letter purported as coming from the PM’s office to be addressed to Cahill Energy and not properly to Cahill Energy (Barbados) Limited.
    Is there a deliberate effort to obfuscate the matter or is it just that all concerned on the Government side really are totally ignorant of the fact that they are not dealing with a long and well established Canadian company?

    Walter / Due Diligence is there actually a “reputable Canadian firm, Cahill Energy”? Maybe it was established already on BU but all I could only find online is Cahill Group established in 1953 and according to their website, cahill.ca , “The Cahill Group is one of the largest multi

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  10. Hants November 5, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

    This company is a reputable Canadian company.

    http://www.cahill.ca/

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  11. Hants November 5, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

    This company is a

    http://www.cahill-energy.com/

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  12. Due Diligence November 5, 2015 at 1:33 PM #

    Nostradamus

    Thanks

    It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

    I looked into Cahill Group some time ago, and called them. They have no interests in Barbados and there is no connection to Cahill Energy/Cowan

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  13. Nostradamus November 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM #

    Hants November 5, 2015 at 1:32 PM #
    This company is a

    http://www.cahill-energy.com/

    This is Cowan’s Barbados/Guernsey Cahill and not a Canadian company. One of the press releases actually mentions the Guernsey company , “17 March 2014: Guernsey-based Cahill Energy is delighted to announce it signed a historic agreement with the Government of Barbados on 15th March 2014 to build and operate a leading edge clean energy plant on the Caribbean island.”

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  14. Well Well & Consequences November 5, 2015 at 4:39 PM #

    The Bushman……after all, the sun is free, so apart from the initial installation of the photo voltaic panels and the batteries, what would anyone in the Caribbean be paying the utility companies for……….always a scam to rob the poor.

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  15. Well Well & Consequences November 5, 2015 at 4:50 PM #

    Due Diligence….I knew I saw somewhere they claimed Cahill to be a Canadian company, they are the ones started lying about where the company is domiciled, since that time it’s been registered in Barbados, which makes it easier to sell the contract.

    The whole operation is bogus, GOB heard 280M, then over 300M, then 600M and their eyes dilated with dollar signs, they promised to give Cow-an the island if they could only get their greedy little hands on that 600M, they continued to scam each other until they all ran out of steam.

    ..lol…

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  16. Bush Tea November 5, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

    LOL
    …can you imagine how AC and the other crooks must be pissing themselves every time David post a new blog….?
    Shiite man!!
    Every time that the bossman says “…..more to come..” the toilets in George Street must be filled …with waiting lines of irritable bowels…

    Wunna could imagine if one of those earlier recordings – when the fellows still had their chops set on that $600M …were to fall off a WTE truck?
    MURDAH!!!

    Anyone heard the Depeiza woman in Senate ranting about government letters being made public? how someone want locking up……this woman is a piece ‘o shiite or wuh?
    Wuh who she think dem suppose to be wukking for?

    Imagine…. while she and Maxine have NO CONCERNS about almost Bds $1B being dumped into Maxwell pond, they ranting and raving about ‘leaks’ that show us how OUR money is being wasted…

    Sorry folks…. but when it comes to standing up for righteousness and truth, women are mostly a bunch of Delilahs and Jezebels…. with very few exceptions…

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  17. Prodigal Son November 5, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    Yea Bush Tea………I read what the idiots said in the Senate yesterday.

    Verla sat on the platform behind David Thompson and I am sure Maxine McClean was in the audience when David Thompson showed all the then government files and I have never heard them say that David Thompson should have been jailed for treason……….he should have been jailed for theft, though!

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  18. Well Well & Consequences November 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM #

    The Bushman. …if you know Maxine Mclean well you would know she is kinda soft in the head, Depieza is just arrogant and dumb, you find many in that category when they find themselves with a title, they don’t understand how they are being perceived by the people who actually have commonsense; these jackasses still don’t understand that they are the ones commiting treason against the taxpayers and the island, they just don’t get it., I am beginning to pray that Cow-an goes after them with everything she got.

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  19. Alvin Cummins November 5, 2015 at 9:03 PM #

    @Well Well,
    I have no idea about Grupo; saw on BU that BL&P had negotiated to get Solar Panels from them. How come BU has not investigated this? As I showed in my letter to the newspaper, I had mentioned (queried) the installation of Solar power st BL&P since 2011.

    Next thing there has been so much misinformation and disinformation on this Blog. Everybody laughed at Clare’s comment on Potable Water, but how many people realize that the treated sewage water after treatment is considered as Potable water. Thus there would not be any need to use water from the aquifers that supply drinking water, to cool the WTE plant. This would be another use for the “recycled” (Potable) water.

    @Bushie.
    There is nothing to stop anyone from purchasing their own Solar System (including batteries) and using it without the BL&P. Except it would have to be an OFF Grid system. If, however they want to be on the grid, and want to be paid for the excess electricity they produce, then they would have to negotiate the installation with BL&P. Check with Jeff.

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  20. Well Well & Consequences November 6, 2015 at 1:27 AM #

    Alvin……please, the only people worse than Cow-an and are even bigger con artists than she are Cindy, the go-between psychic, Bjorn Bjerham, Philip Tempro, GOB………I will add the other names as they surface. I can’t believe you actually have the nerve to regurgitate any of the con artist’s ideas.

    They are all treasonous.

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  21. Alvin Cummins November 7, 2015 at 2:17 PM #

    @Well Well,
    Since last year we had discussed your cynicism regarding lawyers, civil servants politicians (some) , and businessmen in Barbados. When do you think you will be able to get rid of it?

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