Contract expected this year for John Compton dam rehabilitation

A contract is expected to be awarded before year end for the rehabilitation of the John Compton Dam if all goes well, Senior Water and Sewerage Company INC (WASCO) official, Ali Anthony has disclosed.

Anthony explained that advertisements for qualification were placed, respondents were shortlisted and a report presented to the  Central Tenders Board (CTB) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which is funding the project with financial assistance from the European Investment Bank and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).

He said upon receipt of the bids, an evaluation exercise was undertaken, with the results being submitted to the CDB and the CTB before negotiations commenced.

Anthony disclosed that the previous tender process reached the negotiation stage but the bidder was unwilling to negotiate meaningfully.

“The process was subsequently terminated and a new process ensued thereafter,” the WASCO official said.

He said the tender documents were revised and advertised but instead of a pre-qualification process, a post-qualification process was undertaken.

Anthony noted that the process will shorten the procurement time as once the bidder does not comply, the bid will be rejected.

He disclosed that the process will continue until a successful bidder emerges.

“You can see that the process is long  but it ensures transparency and accountability,” Anthony said.

He observed that currently, the request for proposals for the John Compton Dam rehabilitation project has been advertised and proposals are expected to be received by the CTB  on September 23.

The John Compton Dam rehabilitation project is essentially a dredging and disposal project, including catchment rehabilitation to reduce on the impact of landslides into the reservoir.

The dam has had its holding capacity significantly decreased by storms which dumped tons of silt into the main reservoir that supplies the North of Saint Lucia.