Air Fin signs new water supply agreement

POSTED: 12/19/12 12:42 PM

St. Maarten – Air-Fin and the St. Maarten Harbor Cargo Facilities SMHCF signed a lease agreement for water supply on Monday. The addendum II to the water supply was also signed between the government, Minister Cornelius De Weever and Air-Fin/Seven Seas Water. Parties concluded negotiations for the lease of a warehouse from the SMHCF in November.

The agreement that was signed on Monday is an addition to the contract the government signed in 2007 with Air-Fin/Seven Seas Water for the production and supply of desalinated water. The addendum secures the water production and supply until 2022.

Air-Fin will build two new plants in Pointe Blanche on the harbor premises. Each plant is a modular plant with a production capacity of 3,700 cubic meters per day. The first plant will be operational by the end of June next year; the second plant will be operational no later than February 2016. The water from these facilities will be distributed in Pointe Blanche, parts of Philipsburg and on the eastern side of the island.

Minister De Weever wants to bring the water production facilities under the direct responsibility of a new government-owned entity at the end of the contract.

The Point Blanche plants will provide five jobs. A desalination resource development program is open to students who are currently enrolled in a college, university or technical school, and have declared a major of mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering. Monetary stipends will be paid to the participants in consideration of their program and time commitments.

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