Dredging is set to commence in the Berbice river, as CGX Energy through its subsidiary, Grand Canal Industrial Estates, advances construction on the Berbice Deep Water Port.
CGX, in an update on January 23, said that in the first quarter of 2023, it intends to start in-river construction activities “including necessary dredging”.
GAICO Construction has been selected to complete these works.
GAICO will begin with the 160 feet access trestle. The wharf will then be built perpendicular to the trestle, parallel to the river’s eastern bank.
“Production of concrete piles and other concrete pre-stressed structures for the in-river construction of a 50 x 12 metre access trestle being built from the quayside yard westward into the Berbice river, have begun and are almost completed,” CGX said in an update.
The cargo terminal aspects of the Port are targeted to commence in mid-2023 and operation of the oil and gas support base in late 2023, subject to construction schedules and supply chains.
The facility intends to serve as an offshore supply base for the oil and gas industry and as a multi-purpose terminal to service agricultural import/export, containerised and specialised cargo including aggregates for construction purposes, serving both Guyana and the neighbouring Suriname.
CGX has already expended some US$22 million on the project, which is being built on 30 acres of land adjacent to and north of Crab Island on the eastern bank of the Berbice River. Almost 10 acres of the plot has been set aside as a living laboratory for the study of mangrove habitats in co-existence with commercial port operations.