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(Thurs., Sept. 20, 2012)—The Hawaii State Procurement Office (SPO) has validated the City's In-Vessel Bioconversion Facility (or "Digester Facility") expansion contract with Synagro, in response to an inquiry from a City Councilmember.


            Earlier this year, the SPO was asked to review the expansion contract of the Digester Facility at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant and determine whether the City had followed proper procurement practices.


            The City provided the SPO with approximately 2,000 pages related to that contract and the Invitation for Bid No. F-96960, which was issued Oct. 29, 1999.


            In a written response, State Procurement Office Administrator Aaron Fujioka concluded, "The SPO does not view amending the contract allowing Synagro to design and construct the second digester as a means to expedite the procurement process. The solicitation encompassed the thought process of having the same vendor design and construct both digesters such that the same company would be in the best position to insure a seamless integration and compatibility within the same single system, most effective in managing risks, and having cost effective solutions for construction and operation issues, as well as expediting the completion of the second digester."





Contact:  Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454