On Wednesday, 22 July, Latvian State Environmental Service began taking over Incukalns tar ponds from Skonto būve. The service explains this decision with the termination of the contract with the aforementioned company two weeks ago.
Skonto būve believes the contract was terminated illegally. The company adds it is prepared to continue its work at the tar ponds.
SES project manager Baiba Rosicka said inventory checks will soon be carried out in order to determine the equipment stationed there and its owners. In addition, specialists will also survey the situation at the tar ponds. SES also plans to replace security there.
Rosicka says SES plans to take over the object in accordance with the contract. This is why specialists were sent to survey the situation there. After SES replaces security, owners of equipment stationed at the object will be contacted in order to coordinate the transport of their equipment off the premises. It is already known that German MUEG company will dismantle its tar processing machinery and carry it off premises over the course of 28 July – 7 August.
«Specialists will also measure tar volume and determine the extent of completion of work there. After that, once SES has calculated its losses and losses of Skonto būve, the final amount of money SES has to pay to the company will be calculated and paid. It will take approximately one month to calculate the exact amount,» – explained Rosicka.
She added that once specialists submit their report regarding the work that remains to be done, SES will be able to announce a new project to finish it.
Head of Skonto būve’s tar ponds project Juris Petersons notes that he unable to judge the legal side of SES’ decision. He did mention, however, that his company wishes to continue its work until full completion.
He said work at Incukalns tar ponds was halted at the beginning of June, when the volume of tar extracted from ponds reached 30,200 tons, in accordance with the contract. According to Petersons, there is still 10,000 – 14,000 tons of tar remaining. There is also around 77 tons of lime and 250 tons of RDF material, as well as about 700 tons of tar prepared for transport remaining on the premises.
«If we are to leave the territory, no one knows what will happen to all that. SES claims some new losses have suddenly surfaced, and that it will be necessary to cover them as well. We will look and see how this situation develops,» – said Petersons.