Vreed-en-Hoop Shore Base Incorporated (VEHSI) is looking to provide employment to residents of Region Three, where the company is developing a shore base facility. On Saturday, September 10, VEHSI is hosting a job fair to assess the hiring pool available on the West Bank of Demerara. The job fair runs from 10:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs at the Regional Education Office, Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara (WBD).
VEHSI is a partnership between the 100% Guyanese-owned NRG Holdings Incorporated and Luxembourg-based, Jan De Nul—an engineering and construction firm which specialises in marine and offshore services, and has a minority stake in the project.
VEHSI’s Community Liaison Officer, Adonika Spellen explained that the company aims to recruit manpower from the region for integration into their projects. As such, the job fair is being held to give an accurate evaluation of the skillset available. From that assessment, VEHSI will undertake a capacity-building strategy to provide the training and skills required in pursuit of the company’s local content objectives.
VEHSI’s main project is a massive US$300 million Vreed-en-hoop Shore Base slated for operation by 2024. It is a component of the Port of Vreed-en-Hoop project, a multi-purpose facility on the foreshore of Plantation Best, West Bank Demerara.
It will include an offshore terminal, fabrication, umbilical and spooling yards. Administrative buildings will house offices and there will be modernised logistics centers, warehousing, container management systems, and potential for storage of sub-sea equipment, pipe inspection and repairs. There will also be areas for individual and separate operators to provide relevant services to the offshore oil and gas operators including but not limited to waste management/effluent treatment plants, other environmental services, lodgings, mud plant and logistics. An area is also earmarked for a potential helipad with an additional wharf, berths, and a dry dock.
The Port of Vreed-en-hoop project is a direct result of opportunities that are arising from the development of the oil and gas sector and its demands. It takes into account the untapped opportunities in terms of services that are required by the sector but are being provided by foreigners.