The Recovery and Development Agency awarded three businesses contracts to collect and transport debris on Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

Though work on the second portion of the territory-wide project began last week, the RDA issued a separate press release on Friday, announcing that ENS Excavation and Trucking, KECA Heavy Equipment Rental, and Bert’s A1 Construction were the contract winners.

The total sum of contracts awarded was $61,430, according to the RDA.

Contractors Lil Bit Construction, Trucking and Heavy Equipment; Rondel’s Construction; and Alfred Smith Construction also submitted bids for RDA works packages, the release said.

“The contractors chosen for each works package were the ones who provided the best value to the RDA and had the correct licences, resources and experience to do a good job,” the press release said. “Each contractor was evaluated based on [the factors] of required licences, able resources and experience and commercial factors which measured competitive pricing and equipment.”

Four total works packages were handed out, which cover tasks in different areas of both islands.

The RDA did not say how much each successful contractor received or how much each unsuccessful contractor bid, and RDA communications advisor Kareem-Nelson Hull said the agency could not provide that information.

“The answers you require affect our policy on commercially sensitive information which we’re unable to give,” he wrote in an e-mail, adding that each contractor could decide whether or not to disclose their contract amount independently.

According to a procurement process document Mr. Hull attached in his e-mail, the RDA will release a contract award summary within two weeks of “receipt of approval” of an awarded contract. That summary will include the “name and number of the contract” and the method of procurement, as well as the name of each tenderer who submitted a bid; the name of the winning tenderer; and the duration and scope of the contract awarded, the document states.

“Guided by our promises to the government of the Virgin Islands and by extension the people of the Virgin Islands, which it serves, the procurement process will be thorough, quick and fair,” the RDA document promises.

The works

ENS Excavation and Trucking was awarded two packages, each spanning three days, to remove waste metal and derelict vehicles from Virgin Gorda.

KECA Heavy Equipment Rental will conduct a “special debris collection” on Anegada, which includes a house-to-house collection of hurricane debris and a cleanup of waste on the main road and surrounding area, the RDA reported.

Finally, Bert’s A1 Construction will assist at the dumpsite on Anegada with an excavator, according to the press release.