Privately-owned oil spill response centre set to open doors in Guyana

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GAICO Construction Inc. will next month open the first privately-owned Oil Spill Response Centre in Guyana, at its Georgetown Wharf.

The Centre is currently in its final stages of completion and will, according to GAICO’s Chief Executive Officer, Komal Singh, house all of the entity’s oil spill response equipment in addition to providing training.

Addressing stakeholders gathered for the Enhancing Offshore E&P Regional Capacity Conference, at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Singh said he thought it prudent at this point to have the centre, which in addition to storing GAICO’s equipment, will also serve as a base for other companies.

He said too, the GAICO Oil Spill Response Centre will also be providing maintenance of equipment, to be stored at the facility.

Singh, in giving his presentation to the regional and international operators said the Centre will have a heavy focus on training.

According to the GAICO CEO, the intention is to also have school children be brought in for formal training in oil spill response.

Located at GAICO’s wharf in Georgetown, Singh told stakeholders that the company is in fact Guyana’s only privately-owned oil spill response facility.

The oil and gas support services company was launched in 2017 to complement the construction and civil works component of GAICO, since “everyone dealing with oil spill was doing so as just a routine operation.”

Singh said it was his intention to move away from this culture and with the “advent of oil and gas, we thought it best to launch a response arm.”

He reminded that the company currently boasts second to none in-house capacity, which was recently boosted through a partnership with a Finnish Company—the Corena Group—whose parent company in fact manufactures oil spill response equipment.

GAICO Construction Inc is a 100 per cent Guyanese-owned company with over 25 years of experience in Guyana and is currently the only company in the country offering oil spill response services.

Corena is a leading emergency response, oil spill and hazardous waste service provider established in over 18 countries with ongoing projects and contracts in locations around the world.

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