Ireland’s minister for the environment Phil Hogan has given Galway City Council approval to prepare contract documents for the upgrade, operation and maintenance of a major wastewater treatment plant.
Galway City Council will now prepare contract documents for a Design Build Operate Contract to upgrade the Mutton Island Treatment Plant, and a 20 year Operation and Maintenance contract.
These contract documents will be used to seek tenders for the works.
Hogan said: “The rapid growth of Galway city and its environs in recent times means that the existing wastewater treatment plant on Mutton Island is fast approaching its design capacity.
“In order to cater for future projected growth in residential, commercial and industrial sectors within the Galway Sewerage Scheme area the capacity of the treatment plant is being upgraded to serve an equivalent population of nearly double the current amount up to 170,000.”
The project will be funded under the Department for Environment, Community and Local Government’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, and construction will commence “during the period of that programme”.
The upgrade work has an estimated cost of €3.64M (£3.2M).
“The financial support from my Department for this project reflects the commitment for continuing investment in our wastewater schemes to ensure that discharges into our rivers, lakes and coastal water meet the highest international standards” the Minister added.
The Mutton Island site is located 1km offshore of South Park in Galway city and was officially opened in May 2004.
A short-term Operation and Maintenance contract was awarded to Earth Tech (Ireland) Limited in 2003, pending appointment of a long-term operator for the 20-year contract that is now under preparation.