The Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission approved last week a $1.602-million contract for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Tank 102.
The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. asked the commission to approve the contract on Aug. 8, 2014. On Sept. 2, 2014, Georgetown Consulting Group recommended that the commission authorize a $1.602-million ceiling for the project plus 25 percent.
CPUC chair Joseph Guerrero said the expenditure for the project “cannot exceed” the ceiling unless first approved by CPUC.
GPPC Inc. was initially contracted for the completion of the Tank 102 project for $579,770. On May 30, 2014, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency disapproved GPPC’s contract due to poor workmanship, primarily welding.
On June 3, 2014, CUC asked EPA’s permission to hire the Tano Group, Inc. as contractor for the project. EPA gave a conditional approval to CUC and Tano on June 6 and on June 25, EPA approved Tano and M&M Tanks, a subsidiary of Tano, to install the new Tank 102.
According to CUC executive director Alan Fletcher, the contract given to Tano was initially for $1,101,434. Fletcher then notified CPUC on Aug. 5, that an additional amount is needed.
“We will need an additional amount of $500,00 to pay for construction management and quality assurance contractors, plus funding a small contingency,” Fletcher told CPUC.
The project was capped at approximately $1.6 million.
“We recommend that the project should be defined herein as the installation of Tank 102, inclusive of all attendant activities and cost necessary for the completion of the construction of Tank 102, and not just the Tano contract which CUC states that approval is being sought,” Georgetown told the commission.
CUC is bankrolling $800,000 of the project with grants providing another $300,000.