Grand Canal Industrial Estates Inc. (GCIE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian oil explorer CGX Energy Inc., said it has selected GAICO Construction and General Services Inc. to continue critical works on a portion of its Berbice Deep Water Port.
GCIE had previously stated that there were some minor setbacks to the project due revisions that were needed to the design of its Wharf and Trestle in the Berbice River.
As a result of this, the company had said it is unlikely that the Offshore Supply Base of the port will be fully operational in Q4, 2022 as previously scheduled. No new deadline for this aspect of the project has been provided.
Now that it has selected a contractor, GCIE said the next phase of construction will commence later this month.
Grand Coastal explained for the in-river construction, GAICO will begin with the 160 feet access Trestle, which is being built from the shoreline westwards into the Berbice river. The wharf will then be built perpendicular to the Trestle, parallel to the eastern bank of the river.
Furthermore, GCIE said it has already expended some US$22M 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. It said 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.
CGX Resources Inc., a subsidiary of CGX Energy Inc., owns and operates a 16-acre logistics yard located at Bramfield along the Corentyne Highway, 3.2 km from the GCIE Deep Water Port Site. This logistics yard facility will be used as storage for tubulars, specialty offshore materials and chemicals for the Oil and Gas industry, as well as Agricultural and General Cargo, servicing the operations of the Deep-Water Port.
GCIE has constructed an access bridge to the Facility from the main Corentyne highway as well as an access road, built to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials standards. The company has also constructed concrete drains and driveways for residents living along the roadway and paved the roadway for the convenience of residents.
It was also noted that solar streetlights are expected to be installed in October 2022 as well as solar lights installed on the completed 10-acre quayside laydown yard. The quayside laydown yard was constructed to a 5 tons per square metre capacity. The company has also completed approximately 1600 feet of rip rap flood protection at the site.