Cahill Energy renews job promise

The Chief Executive Officer of Cahill Energy, Clare Cowan has dismissed suggestions that the Government of Barbados is funding the development of a waste to energy plant on the island.

She sought to clear the air during a town hall meeting at the St Thomas Parish Church earlier this week.

The official told the audience, which included Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss and head of the Barbados Private Sector Association Alex MacDonald, the research, design and build of the structure, as well as its operation and maintenance rested squarely on the shoulder of the company which is based in Canada.

“In the time that we will be building this plant, there will be five to 600 jobs created. We have, along with our contractors, and our APC, have adopted a philosophy of Barbadians first. What that means is if Barbadians have the same qualities and characteristics to do the same job as someone who would be imported, the Barbadians are the ones that get the opportunities first.

“Five to six hundred jobs, based on the economy I see today in Barbados is a significant thing when it runs for approximately four years. After that when the plant is running 24/7, and the waste is going to the plant, it is not going to the landfill anymore; after that situation, you’ll find that we’ll have probably between 40 and 50 full-time jobs managing the plant as well,” Cowen said of the employment opportunities attached to the project.

Back in March, the agreement was signed between the Barbados Government and the Guernsey-based Cahill Energy to build and operate a leading edge clean energy plant.


The CEO of Cahill Energy, Clare Cowan (centre), along with local government officials, at the signing of the waste to energy agreement earlier this year.
The CEO of Cahill Energy, Clare Cowan (centre), along with local government officials, at the signing of the waste to energy agreement earlier this year.

Cahill Energy expects to invest up to $240 million (USD) in the proposed plant which is set to be built in Vaucluse, St Thomas.

In addition to its promise of jobs, Cahill has also pledged to stimulate growth and to help the country realise millions in savings over the lifetime of the 30 year contract.


6 Responses to Cahill Energy renews job promise

  1. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley July 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm


  2. Mac10 July 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I hope Ms Cowan also seeks to clear the air once the pollutants start raining down on Barbados in much the same way that the Arawac Cement factory doesn’t clear the air.

  3. Mac10 July 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Also how does the cost go from $300 million to $600 million with no questions asked????

  4. Keinelle Ward
    Keinelle Ward July 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    i believe they have their own resouces

  5. Tony Webster July 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    @Ed. swindled: right on da money, Sir!!
    Cahill, and associated partners, (as Iheard a word-bite extracted from the public meeting,) are mostly motivated by a desire to “helping” Taxpayers with our solid-wate problems.
    However, she closed-up tighter than a virgin clam, when pressed for specifics. Yes, we have no bananas for sale today…and F.O.I. Is as irrelevant to this humongous investment that will hang-around our collective necks, till the ” little details” (well known to the devil) are un-earthed by the cattle egrets one fine day, clearing up the mess on Mt. Stinkaroo. By then, our tax-payers dollars would have been “plasmarised”; Cahill would have likely sold-on its Guernsey subsidiary, and evabody will live unhappily Evah after.

  6. Betty Proverbs Kavanagh
    Betty Proverbs Kavanagh July 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    This might be the equivalent to a carbon tax but they are scared to call it that because it has caused a lot of chaos all over the world !


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