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Guyana’s regulator, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday that Qualco Guyana Inc. is not required to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Rope Access Training and Workshop Facility located at Supply, East Bank Demerara.

“The EPA has determined that this project will not significantly affect the environment and is therefore exempt from the requirement,” the agency said in a notice.

Citing reasons for its decision, the EPA said it has sufficient environmental information on the project and that the application and project summary submitted outlined adequate mitigation measures.

It was keen to note that the decision in no way signifies that the project was approved.

“Any person who may be affected by the proposed project may lodge an appeal against the Agency’s decision (EIA not required) within thirty (30) days of the publication of this Notice [October 14, 2022],” the notice continued.

The site is located at Lot #10 Public Road, Supply, East Bank Demerara.

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Qualco said its core services include onshore and offshore fabrication and installation including pipe, vessel and structural, welding, rigging, rope access, scaffolding, blasting, and painting. It also offers electrical and instrumentation (E&I) including installation, commissioning and maintenance, fibre optics and telecom, meter protection device (MPD) installations, and testing technicians for floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

The company said the facility will focus on training in scaffolding, rope access and welding; equipment storage and staging in preparation for projects at customers’ sites and welding and fabrication including blasting and painting.

“We are on the approved vendor list for ExxonMobil in Guyana, as well as SBM [Offshore] and Noble Drilling and are currently working on SBM [Offshore] and Noble Drilling projects in Guyana. Our Supply shop will allow QUALCO to build local content and capacity and to offer the extensive range of services Quality Companies now offers worldwide right here in Guyana,” the Project Summary outlined.

Qualco Guyana was established in 2019 on the wave of massive discoveries being made offshore the South American country at the ExxonMobil-operated Stabroek Block. Although its operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic just a year later, activities have picked up again over the last six months and this is seeing the company forge ahead with its training programme.

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