Air Fin Resolves Water Production Problem

The water production facility at Cay Bay was shut down Thursday, January 8 in order to facilitate the installation of a larger intake piping system that is part of the new upgrades and expansion of the Cay Bay desalination plant.

This was a planned shutdown and the expansion work was completed on time which would have allowed for no interruption of water delivery to GEBE. Despite the fact that precautions were taken to ensure a successful restart, certain pump house equipment failed that was recently damaged by Hurricane Omar, which prevented the plant from returning to full production capability.  

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The unfortunate combination of the low storage tank level due to the shutdown and limited production capacity upon re-start, resulted in a temporary inability to meet full water demand.

Air Fin worked around the clock to rectify the situation and is happy to report that the plant was back at full production capability on Friday January 9, at 4:00pm. Air Fin apologizes to GEBE and to anyone who might have been affected by this situation and hopes that everyone recognizes that these shutdowns are necessary in order to upgrade and expand the plant so that an adequate production safety margin exists for the future.

Accordingly, Air Fin expects to commission a new 3800 Cubic Meter per day plant on January 15th.

Willem Barendsen

Managing Director

Air Fin Holding (Sint Maarten) N.V.