Another firm looking to set up a waste to energy plant

A Canadian firm is looking to set up an approximately $100 million waste to energy plant facility at Vaucluse, St Thomas.

The President of Ridley Energy Group Inc. (REGI), David Ridley, announced his company’s intention this morning during a media conference, and said he would soon be submitting an application to the Town and Country Planning Department for approval.

He said after two years of searching for a suitable location, a site of approximately 20 acres of agricultural land adjacent to the Scrapman Recycling and the Vaucluse Quarry North was settled on.

Once permission was granted for a change in land use, he said he would be moving “full steam ahead” to construct the facility, which could take about one and a half years to complete.

From left, consultants Peter Mann and Trevor Straker with president of Ridley Energy Group Inc. David Ridley looking at a map of the Vaucluse, St Thomas area.
From left, consultants Peter Mann and Trevor Straker with president of Ridley Energy Group Inc. David Ridley looking at a map of the Vaucluse, St Thomas area.

Town hall meetings and an impact assessment study would be carried out.

Stating that the plans for the facility began in 2011, Ridley explained that it would process organic waste to produce electricity and a liquid organic fertilizer by way of anaerobic digestion. There are plans to sell the fertilizer in Barbados, the region as well as in North America.

“Since 2011, REGI has had as consultants Mr. Peter Mann and Trevor Straker in Barbados and, through them, we have established a working relationship with the Government of Barbados that supports our waste to energy project,” said Ridley, disclosing that relationships with potential organic waste providers have already been established as well.

“I want to make it perfectly clear that we are not involved with household solid waste of any kind which could be classified as garbage. We only deal with organic waste that comes from the production of rum, beer, pork and chicken producers, fish markets and abattoirs,” he said.

International professional services company, Stantec Inc., has been chosen to help in the designing of the facility as well as with the site planning and engineering. Town planning and development consultants Richard Gill Associates Limited will also be involved in the project.

While he could not say how much manpower would be needed once the facility was completed, Ridley said during the construction phase a number of jobs would be created for local contractors, and when completed, it would create opportunities for up to 40 haulers.

“Our strategy is to develop the waste to energy facility to generate about 5.4 megawatts of electricity, utilize island organic waste . . . and in the end, after the production, there is nitrogen, phosphate and potassium which are the essential ingredients of fertilizers. We also have in our process an apparatus that discharges clean water that can be reused in the agriculture and commercial sectors,” said Ridley.

“The facility will have many benefits for the people of Barbados. We will help to stabilize and reduce electricity cost, reduce the amount of imported fertilizer and we will ensure environmental sustainability by reducing the management of organic waste to the landfill and the ocean. It will help in the reduction of greenhouse gases [and] we will lower the production of sludge for management as a waste . . .” he added.

The recycling advocate gave the assurance that since the anaerobic system was enclosed there should be no worries about strong scents from that facility blowing downwind.  “The smell is minimal to nil,” said Ridley.

He said following initial discussion with some potential organic waste suppliers, he was expecting over 1,000 cubic metres of waste to be delivered to the processing facility daily which, he added, could be expanded to take more waste over time.

Asked why such a facility at this time, Ridley said: “Barbados is one of the leaders in the Caribbean and it is a good place to start . . . this is not going to cost the country, it is good for the island and it is going to take waste that maybe is damaging the ground water or maybe going out in the ocean.”

He added: “We are going to take something that is a waste product and turn it into a usable product. For [Barbados] fertilizer is imported and now you will have a homegrown production of fertilizer . . . any time is right to do it”.

Ridley said other Caribbean islands including St Lucia, Jamaica and Guyana were also on his radar for the construction of similar plants.

Just last year, Government signed a multi-million dollar agreement with  Guernsey-based Cahill Energy to build and operate a leading edge clean energy plant, with officials promising over 600 jobs.

Cahill Energy was expected to invest up to $240 million (USD) in the proposed plant at Vaucluse, St Thomas. It  also pledged to stimulate growth and to help the country realize millions in savings over the lifetime of the 30-year contract.

However, there has been no recent update on that project.

2 Responses to Another firm looking to set up a waste to energy plant

  1. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne June 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    https://www.change.org/p/ask-the-health-minister-of-delhi-to-relocate-toxic-okhla-waste-to-energy-plant

    Just because out waste to energy plants are ‘town approved’ will that stop them spitting ‘toxic cocktails’???? If one is built in St. Lucia and one in Guyana purs loses its market share not so??I’m never sure on these things…feel like my free education fails me…

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  2. Tony Waterman June 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    @David Ridley!!!!!! your statement Quote:-“I want to make it perfectly clear that we are not involved with household solid waste of any kind which could be classified as garbage. We only deal with organic waste that comes from the production of rum, beer, pork and chicken producers, fish markets and abattoirs,”:End Quote.

    That Statement puzzles me, because as someone who lives in the same Country as you, i would like to think that you would introduce that staple of Canadian Cities and Municipalities. “THE GREEN BIN” which is used here in Canada to collect “ORGANIC” household waste for recycling.

    another PUZZLE to me, is your Choice of a Location for this Facility, why in practically the Center of Barbados ???, and your claim of “there should be no worries about strong scents from the facility blowing downwind. ” in the next breath you say “”The smell is minimal to nil,”
    How would you know at this time know that the Smell would be Minimal when there is NO SMELL to SMELL??
    How Many of our first class Hotels and Restaurants on the West Coast are going to be affected “”IF”” the is more smell than you are projecting ????????

    I am NOT against a waste to energy Plant, but Barbados and Barbadians must be aware that YOU are not in this Venture for your Health, and Larger Corporations than yours are always cutting Corners to satisfy their “”BOTTOM LINE””

    so all i ams saying to The Powers that be in Barbados is “”Take your time”” and get it RIGHY the FIRST time.

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