Saturday 25 October 2014

Poolbeg incinerator project may be scrapped

Alan O’Keeffe

Published 13/01/2014 | 22:33

DELAYED: The site of the planned Poolbeg incinerator
The site of the planned Poolbeg incinerator

Controversial plans to building a waste incinerator at Poolbeg in Dublin may be abandoned by Dublin City Council.

City Manager Owen Keegan said the project may be dropped even if it survives EU scrutiny.

Mr Keegan said the  decision on whether to proceed with the Waste to Energy project will be made after the EU's investigation into two complaints about the project.

The complaints made to the EU investigation claim that the public-private partnership contract with the company Covanta breached EU regulations on state aid and procurement.

The manager declared the complaints were due to be decided before the end of March but little progress has been made.

If the project emerges "unscathed" from this investigation, a report will be given to councillors outlining the options available' he said at the council's monthly meeting.

Mr Keegan confirmed at this evening's monthly council meeting that the contract with consultants RPS will be terminated by Jan 31.

The EU has already upheld a complaint that the contract with RPS did not conform with procurement guidelines.

The RPS contract was originally estimated at €8 million but cost over €30m as the project encountered a series of delays lasting ten years.

Several councillors complained about the huge overrun and demanded explanations on how it happened.

The EU had declared  that the contract should have been put out for tender again in the meantime rather than being left with RPS.

The Poolbeg incinerator project has already cost over €90m without any building work on the site.  Most of the money was spent buying lands in the area.

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