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Another oil exploration delay

After two delays and at an increased cost of $36 million, this island’s sole state-owned oil drilling company is embarking on a revised onshore oil exploration and production programme in early October with the digging of ten new wells. Manager of the Barbados National Oil Company (BNOC) Winton Gibbs said the start of the programme […]

Estwick to have his say on waste-to-energy project

Being first does not mean Barbados is a guinea pig. This from the outspoken Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick on the Cahill Energy waste-to-energy project, who revealed today that he planned to comment on the controversial plant by the end of this week. Dr Estwick said he had yet to familiarize himself with all […]

No Town Planning approval for Cahill

It seems the controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project, the subject of heated public discussion here over the past few weeks, is yet to clear major approval hurdle before it can be considered a done deal for future waste management on the island Responding today to questions during a panel discussion at the July business luncheon of […]


The Guernsey-based plasma gasification company, Cahill Energy seems baffled by “the continuing objections from Barbadians” regarding the controversial waste-to-energy project, with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Clare Cowan blaming “incredible misinformation” for the resistance. Cowan did not name the source of the misinformation, but Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has repeatedly questioned the reliability of the technology, […]

Cahill exec gets rowdy reception

Barbadians soundly rejected the proposed plasma gasification waste-to-energy plant earmarked for Vaucluse, St. Thomas, at a “Cahill Open House” public meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last night. A four-man team from the developers, Cahill Energy, led by Chief Executive Officer Clare Cowan, were roundly boed, heckled and ridiculed as they sought to clear […]


There’s uncertainty surrounding the date for the start of the controversial Cahill Energy Project, and it could be at least three years before it materializes. That’s according to Kerry McKenna, Practice Leader in Gasification and Coals to Liquids at Hatch – the Honour Engineer for Cahill Energy – who explained that designs for the project […]

Hill: Spend the money on solar energy

The $700 million investment needed to get the Cahill waste-to-energy plant operational could instead be used to purchase solar energy storage facilities to supply more than half of Barbados with electricity nightly. Mark Hill, alternative energy campaigner and founder of solar energy company Innogen, put forward this suggestion last night at a town hall meeting […]

No go!

Government’s agreement with Cahill Energy to build a waste-to-energy plant may come to naught, according to retired Chief Town Planner Leonard St Hill, who contends the proposed project has no legal standing. St Hill brought home this sobering point to an agitated group of Barbadians assembled in the auditorium of the Lester Vaughan Secondary School […]


Barbados has been identified as the home of a new regional renewable energy initiative, and a top advocate from the sector is giving the decision the thumbs up. The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is a proposal by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED). It is […]