Consolidated Water has been awarded a Water Authority-Cayman contract to refurbish the Lower Valley desalination plant.
The company has also been given an extension of an existing contract to operate the Water Authority’s desalination plant in North Sound.
Refurbishment of the 800,000 US gallons per day plant in Lower Valley involves replacing high pressure pumps, the first and second pass membrane racks which includes membranes, pressure vessels and piping, energy recovery systems, control systems, and electrical power systems, according to Consolidated Water.
The Water Authority will demolish existing equipment at the plant, which will be replaced under the contract.
Consolidated Water will operate the plant for three months before transferring it to the Water Authority.
Water Authority-Cayman Deputy Director Tom van Zanten said five tenders had been received for the plant.
“The Lower Valley plant will be an important part of the Water Authority’s water production facilities as, upon completion, it will add another 17 percent to the total installed water production capacity for the Water Authority, and will provide additional redundancy, resulting in improved reliably of supply,” Mr. van Zanten said.
The Water Authority also awarded Consolidated Water a 12-month extension to operate its 1.6 million US gallons per day North Sound plant, which Consolidated Water built and commissioned in 2002 and has been operating since. The contract had been set to expire on April 1.
The extension will allow the Water Authority time to arrange a tender process for a new operations contract. According to a statement from Consolidated Water, the terms of the contract have been adjusted and approved by the Central Tenders Committee of the Cayman Islands Government.
Under the requirements of the Public Management and Finance Law, the contract must be tendered. Consolidated Water plans to participate in that tender process, according to a statement released by the company.