City of Wilmington Finances Renewable Energy Biosolids Facility

Posted on  05/17/2013 10:45 am

Mayor Dennis P. Williams announces the closing of a $36,060,000 Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) State Revolving Fund to finance its Renewable Energy Biosolids Facility being constructed at the Hay Road Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The project's engineering design has been completed and the new facility is now under construction. Site preparations and foundation piling have been installed with zero lost time injures.

Local Wilmington contractor, Healy Long and Jevin, is currently preparing to install the building concrete foundations and superstructure. CGC Consulting, a business owned by a Wilmington resident, provided the geotechnical testing and inspections on the deep foundation work.

"This project continues to move forward by the efforts of the Department of Public Works and local Wilmington businesses," said Mayor Williams. "This collaboration of organizations, especially those with a vested interest in Wilmington, are necessary for the City's services and resources to continue to grow."

The necessary equipment has been selected and currently set for delivery in late summer. The City anticipates the project to create more than 100 local union construction jobs and reduce the City's operational expenses by over $16 million over the 20 year project term.

"Successful completion of the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which allow the Hay Road Wastewater Treatment Plant to run on green electricity, stabilize costs for the City and user fees for its customers, reduce environmental impacts and regulatory risks for the City," said Public Works Commissioner, Alfonso Ballard.