Government Highlight Benefits of Renewable Energy Project, But Leave Out Fraud Allegations

 Government Highlight Benefits of Renewable Energy Project, But Leave Out Fraud Allegations

Tonight the Ministry of Youth Culture & Sports responding to TNN story on thevNSC Allegations.

In the release, the Minister noted that it took some 33 months for a contract to be executed and for work to commence in May 2021. The Ministry’s statement went on to say that, between that time, the project was reviewed and approved by the Minister of Public Works, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports and the Minister of Finance, as is required by the National Sports Center Trustees Act. It says additionally the contract documents were reviewed by the Attorney General’s chambers.

In pointing out the benefits of the project, the Minister said that it is designed to make the National Sports Center energy independent, virtually ending the $600,000 spent annually on electricity to BELCO.

They noted that it also means less taxpayer funds will be spent on electricity at the National Sports Center, while ensuring that more renewable energy is generated in Bermuda. However, the very serious allegations of fraud and forgery were not addressed by the government statement.

TNN will provide further updates on this story tomorrow.

Below is a complete insert from the Ministry of Youth Culture & Sport.

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The Ministry of Youth, Culture & Sport is aware of the comments raised in some quarters regarding the project to install an energy-saving micro-grid system at the National Sports Centre (NSC).

It should be noted that following a tender process where Atlantic Energy Solutions Group (AESG) Limited was selected as the preferred bidder in September 2018, it took 33 months for a contract to be executed and for work to commence in May 2021.

Between that time the project was reviewed and approved by the Minister of Public Works, the Minister of Community Affairs and Sport, then the Minister of Finance as is required by the National Sports Centre Trustees Act. Additionally, the contract documents for this project were reviewed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

This project is designed to make the National Sports Centre energy independent, virtually eliminating the approximately $600,000 spent annually on electricity to BELCO. This means less taxpayer funds will be spent on electricity at the National Sports Centre while ensuring more renewable energy is generated in Bermuda.

The payments which have been disbursed to date have been done within the terms of the contract, and the Ministry of Youth, Culture & Sport will continue to work with the Trustees of the National Sports Centre to ensure that all financial and project controls required to successfully execute a project of this scale are adhered to.
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