THE contract for the remediation of Kerdiffstown Landfill should be in place within seven months according to Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg who has been in contact with the Minister for Environment.
Mr Stagg said four expressions of interest had been received from contractors by the February closing date.
Mr Stagg contacted the Minister for Environment recently to see if there had been any further progress in issuing actual tenders for the project given that it is three months since the expressions of interest were responded to.
The Minister said the process of evaluation of the expressions of interest is still underway by Kildare Co. Council and that the council are currently reviewing clarifications sought from interested parties who have engaged in the tendering process with a view to awarding a successful tenderer by the end of this year.
Mr. Stagg said the project was a vital project and he looked forward to actual tenders for the remediation been invited from a shortlist of contractors once the evaluation and review of clarifications is completed.
“The duration of the contract is six years and the estimated value is €27.5million and it would be great to see the contract awarded before the end of the year,” said Mr Stagg.
The site occupies approximately 30 hectare and the works include the following;
Installation of an engineered capping system across the site; Installation of new environmental management and control systems including leachate and landfill gas. This includes gas and leachate collection treatment and disposal systems and all associated mechanical electrical instrumentation, control and automation;
Development of a public park with multi-use sports pitches, car parking, changing room building, children’s playground and a network of paths across the site including provision of services and foul drainage to the public sewer network.
“We are finally at the stage where the remediation of the Kerdiffstown landfill will commence this year and where we will see a public park replacing what was the most environmentally destructive act we have ever seen in Co. Kildare,” said Mr Stagg.