Barbados government pretends to start billion dollar waste to energy plant with not a dollar to pay for it.

Courtesy of The Nation

Courtesy of The Nation

Environment Minister Lowe’s ground breaking ceremony nothing to do with reality

by passin thru

Let me get this straight: Bajans are supposed to believe that the Sanitation Service Authority is forging ahead with a billion dollar project list including a new office building ($32 million), waste to energy plant ($680 million), a leachate treatment plant ($42 million), landfill gas to energy plant ($10 million), solar power field ($120 million), wind power field ($24 million) and a mechanical workshop ($11 million).

All of this on borrowed money on the heads of our children and Lord knows how many other future generations.

This, at the same time that we don’t have money to replace/repair 84 buses that sit idle stripped for parts. We don’t have money to pave roads that are falling apart for ten years. No money to hire 100 ‘missing’ police officers. No money to fix a hundred water main leaks.

And we’re making 3,000 government workers redundant and taking the social unrest because there is nothing else to be done. Our tourism industry is shrinking when other countries are growing and building new resorts. Our hotels ‘feature’ a million empty beds a year, an average age approaching 30 years and I’d hate to hear the stats on the average age of the furnishing and mattresses.

No money for a sick, falling down hospital, no money to pay the hospital suppliers and employees on time – a big crisis every payday. Other government projects sit half finished, no work going on. Layoffs coming at the UWI too.

We had to withdraw our international bond issue because there aren’t any more fools left to ‘invest’ in a national retirement scheme that has as 80% of its ‘assets’ – the debt to itself. The government is so desperate for revenue that tax people are warning defaulters that they are coming to seize 10 year old vehicles and worker’s tools if they don’t pay up – and the people have nothing except their trucks and their tools.

And we’re supposed to seriously believe that the government is in ‘final negotiations with investors’ who are prepared to ‘loan’ a billion dollars to a country is on the verge of a currency devaluation that will shake its societal foundations to the core?

What a sick cruel joke.

Madness.

Read the lies for yourselves…

New Home for SSA

A WIND, gas and solar energy programme earmarked for Vaucluse, St Thomas, could involve investments of nearly $1 billion.

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe, who announced the energy projects yesterday, said Government was in “the final stages” of negotiations with a number of investors.

Plans for the area include a $680 million waste-to-energy plant; a leachate treatment plant costing about $31.9 million; a landfill gas-to-energy project to cost $9.4 million; a solar project costing $120; a wind-to-energy facility projected to cost $24 million; and an $11 million “ultra-modern” mechanical workshop.

Lowe calculated that eventually Barbados could be earning as much as $100 million annually from these projects.

… read the rest of this nonsense in The Nation

“The Christ Church East MP further pointed out that the new headquarters would be executed under a public/private partnership, where the private entity would design, build, finance and transfer the building.”

… Barbados Today New SSA roll-out

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30 responses to “Barbados government pretends to start billion dollar waste to energy plant with not a dollar to pay for it.

  1. Party Animal

    Do we really expect anything different from this goverment. They don’t have a clue of what is going on in Barbados, I think they live in outer space. I am now convinced they are on drugs.

  2. Transparency? NONE!

    In the Advocate: “Minister of Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe (second from left), looks over plans for the new SSA headquarters, with Richard Edgehill of contractors, Bolt Solutions Inc, while Operations Manager of the SSA, Michael Nicholls (right) and Ken Knight (left) look on.”

    Who is ‘Bolt Solutions Inc”

    How many Barbados politicians have shares in it?

  3. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    They are digging an OUTHOUSE for all the shit they are talking , It has to go some where or the Island will smell.
    Even if true , then why lie or lead the people along with this lie and lies for so long from all the liars. First in the OUTHOUSE needs to be Lowe, they will not have to dig so deep.Then cap it is the SINK-MAN Mof.

  4. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

  5. Wily Coyote

    Anarchy is just around the corner.

    Everyday I read both Barbados Comic publications, Nation News & Advocate, keeps me sane as I can see that all the crazies are politicians and the Bajans who believe the crap. If you go back and read these two comic strips for the last 10+ years you’ll see day after day some grandiose political announcement about some new scheme that’s going to make BILLION of $. If theses schemes had ever came to fruition then Barbados would not be BROKE.

    Bajans are a naive laid back population that are easily swayed by political and religious rhetoric.

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    A friend who has a house on the Sandy Lane Estate called the BWA to reporting a burst pipe spilling thousands of gallons of water. Someone from the BWA visited but nothing happened. A week later he called again and there was another visit. He was told they could not fix the leak because they did not have a compressor available.

  7. C Brian Barnes

    It’s only money – tongue- in-cheek – and so much easier to spend it when it’s not yours, nor have you done anything to make it. As a youth $100,000.00 seemed like a hell of a lot of money then cars cost almost that. Houses in multiples. Now hundreds of millions and even billions are spent so casually with little regard or appreciation, far less understanding it has to paid back. Do we really need all this crap or are our Ministers on a high flying EGO TRIP?

  8. Truthseeker

    They are going ahead with the SSA headquarters. The funding will be provided by Bolt Solutions. The clue is in the name – Bolt stands for Build, Operate, Lease, Transfer and the company will most likely be an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) formed for the sole purpose of executing the project.
    Although the Government/SSA does not need to have the money to build the headquarters, it will need to be able to make the payments to Bolt Solutions, which like on the prison, will be a mix of funding costs, construction costs and operating costs.
    The BWA Headquarters is a similar type of contract. By the way, look forward to a steep rise in your water bill when the building is occupied. With BWA’s current income, they cannot afford to make the payments on the building so water prices will have to go up.
    The rumour on the streets is that the monthly repayment is in the region of $800,000 – 900,000. What effect is that going to have on your bill?

  9. Due Diligence

    It’s Only Money?

    Well said passion thru

    “This, at the same time that we don’t have money to replace/repair 84 buses that sit idle stripped for parts. We don’t have money to pave roads that are falling apart for ten years. No money to hire 100 ‘missing’ police officers. No money to fix a hundred water main leaks.

    And we’re making 3,000 government workers redundant and taking the social unrest because there is nothing else to be done. Our tourism industry is shrinking when other countries are growing and building new resorts. Our hotels ‘feature’ a million empty beds a year, an average age approaching 30 years and I’d hate to hear the stats on the average age of the furnishing and mattresses.

    No money for a sick, falling down hospital, no money to pay the hospital suppliers and employees on time – a big crisis every payday. Other government projects sit half finished, no work going on. Layoffs coming at the UWI too.”

    Notwithstanding all the essential services for which government has no money, photos of the SSA groundbreaking in the media show Minister Lowe (gold watch and gold ring) and other government officials sporting boutonnieres paid for by the taxpayers, sitting in the backhoe and using shiny silver shovels (paid for by the taxpayers) for photo-ops for the occasion.

    Only peanuts of course, but a sign of what government officers apparently think is important, to put on a a happy face.

    Meanwhile, COW, the Bolt guy, and the other private sector dignitaries, who will add to their wealth from the project, are dressed in work clothes at the official launch of the OUTHOUSE.

  10. just want to know

    The present Government accusing the last administration of high pay back for DODDS ( where a lot of them should be ), and now they are doing the same things. Six of one half dozen of the other, I for one will never vote again!!!!!!!.

  11. Fisheye

    When I read this, two words comes to mind – Glyne Banister.
    5 will get you 10 that he is somehow involved.

  12. Who is lending the BOLT Funding?

    To quote George Soros ” in playing musical chairs, they don’t know that the music has stopped”

    Anyone that loans money to add to the over abused taxpayers with costs down the road, should be shot!

    Maybe our close alliance with China will allow such rapid justice?

    Follow the money—-whose technologies and service are being bought and who financed?

    Lowe with all his bling, is just the cartoon to be pushed forward

  13. Anonymous

    Why do they even need a new multimillion dollar Headquarter? They can’t even fix burst pipes within a reasonable time…but a lot of assholes will be sitting behind new desks in their big chairs in a spanking new air conditioned palace, doing nothing .Barbados has gone totally MAD!

  14. Party Animal

    What we have for Politicians ? Liars .. oops sorry, Lawyers, who only know how to rip off people …. this is who is running the Country, remember the one who said that no one was going home ? should we expect anything better from them, we voted for them, we are to blame.
    I agree the first people that should have tested Dodds are all of our Politicians, as a matter of fact I would reopen St.Lucy for them.

  15. OCCUPY BRIDGETOWN!

    To the streets. To hell with the political class.

    No violence, but civil disobedience.

    OCCUPY BRIDGETOWN!

  16. St George's Dragon

    @ Occupy BT
    What is your objective? You can occupy Bridgetown but what would it achieve?

  17. Objective

    Meet within the framework of a civil non combative manner to discuss real issues facing Barbados and who are the most qualified competent and honest to lead the country slowly out of its death spiral.

    Get your list ready and approach them with 1000’s of supporters to encourage them to run.

  18. John

    Transparency? NONE!

    January 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    In the Advocate: “Minister of Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe (second from left), looks over plans for the new SSA headquarters, with Richard Edgehill of contractors, Bolt Solutions Inc, while Operations Manager of the SSA, Michael Nicholls (right) and Ken Knight (left) look on.”

    Who is ‘Bolt Solutions Inc”

    How many Barbados politicians have shares in it?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Try the CAIPO website see if you can find it!!

    I can’t.

    Doesn’t seem to exist!!

    http://www.caipo.gov.bb/site/index.php

  19. John

    Is it that the Advocate reporter is too green to go behind a prepared press release, …. too lazy …. or is there something else going on here?

    Maybe I am slipping up in my old age and losing the ability to work a computer.

  20. Triangle Bangle

    The SSA is only government workers, they don’t need fit and proper accommodation. They need to left in their squalor, after all their services it PISS POOR.

    But then again is it PISS POOR because they are government workers or because they are in shitty unhealthy offices?

  21. yatinkiteasy

    @John..Bolt Solutions Inc does not show on their search…I wonder why the list of over 4000 companies is not even arranged alphabetically…how useless is that!

  22. John

    ytie

    The search engine allows you to put a name and gives nearest matches.

    Try BOLT or B.O.L.T.

  23. yatinkiteasy

    Apparently Bolt Solutions Inc does not exist or is not registered.

  24. St George's Dragon

    Maybe it’s based off-shore. If it is, it would have to be registered here as an external company. Would that show up at CAIPO? Either way, the CAIPO entry doesn’t tell you much.

  25. John

    Yup, I think it would.

    Try searching in CAIP for an external company ….. any name and see what happens.

  26. Anonymous

    ….and this government, if you want to call them that, intends to form a new tax collection agency to go after whom? If they collected every cent from every man, woman and child in this island it still would not be enough to satisfy their insatiable thirst for wasting the hard earned money of the poor people of this country. Remember how much excess revenue VAT used to bring in? Now it’s not half enough to keep these greedy, inept s.o.b’s happy. To think that the tax payers of this country will be forced to pay this sorry lot a pension until they die – what a travesty of justice, what a heinous crime.
    I don’t know about you, but I never asked anyone to borrow money on my behalf or that of my children and I resent anyone telling me that I am living about my means. YOU are the bastards living about OUR means.

  27. just want to know

    You should have seen Pornvale Inniss on the news last night ponficating because one of the stalwart of the DLP saying that the Government should cut the cabinet, in his words, he says all the members of the cabinet work so hard for the people of Barbados, I wonder why all of them have such pot bellies, and the rest of bajans seeing hard times. Barbados is to small a country to have so many ministers appointed to cabinet, plus who did not even win a seat in the last general election; and then being in government for now over six years and still blaming the last administration; this is really such a bad joke, and now want to add insult to injury.

  28. Party Animal

    OCCUPY BRIDGETOWN!

    The Lucians did it and won.. Baians scared of their shadows, BLP, the Unions and The Private Sector ain’t doing shit to save this Country.
    The Private Sector is to blame for some of the crap that is going on, they supplied all the money both Parties was throwing around I hope they realize what they did ? not a cent for the next Election.
    May Owen Retire In Pease RIP

  29. Bajanaway

    Occupy Bridgetown:

    The Movie Office Space Comes to Mind

    Peter Gibbons: I don’t like my job and I don’t think I’ll go anymore.
    Joanna: You’re just not gonna go?
    Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
    Joanna: Won’t you get fired?
    Peter Gibbons: I don’t know. But I really don’t like it and, uh, I’m not gonna go.
    Joanna: So you’re gonna quit?
    Peter Gibbons: Uh-uh. Not really. I’m just gonna stop going.
    Joanna: When did you decide all that?
    Peter Gibbons: About an hour ago.
    Joanna: So you’re going to get another job?
    Peter Gibbons: I don’t think I’ll like another job.
    Joanna: Well what are you going to do about money? Bills?
    Peter Gibbons: You know I never really liked paying bills, I don’t think I’m going to do that either.

  30. iabingy

    utter nonsense.this knowledge been around for over 10 years. bajans may build it but they will mess it up as they break and teef from everything.
    build it .dont use solar or wind power .build stupid shit that makes no sense.
    all that sun all these years.
    but nothing,no windmills nothing.
    bloody oil and diesel. by the way fumes from diesel are direct-linked to cancer.
    all talk and no action unless it is to do with party ,make nuff noise,get drunk,and sex . that is all bajans good for.i feel wunna need to go to hell back to Africa where you can live like the animals you are
    for example —-here are some bajan roots negro ones.———-this what your roots are African Barbadians—go back there please—