Asphalt plant transferred to Harbour Bridge – Benn
The Bitumen (Asphalt) Plant, purchased and installed at a total cost of $169 million in July of 2009 was transferred to the Demarara Harbour Bridge (DHB) Corporation after operations ceased in July 2013.
This transfer was effected on August 1, 2013 from under the purview of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD). However, the plant still remains at its original Garden of Eden, East Bank Demarara location. Public Works Minister Robeson Benn, in a written response to questions asked by APNU MP Annette Ferguson in Parliament on Thursday last, said the operations of the plant had ceased because of a lack of competent and experienced personnel within the T&HD to manage the plant.
According to a letter dated October 2009 and written by then acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Leslie Wilburg, the plant was sourced from India after considerable discussions were held with national personnel and was purchased from Vinayak Road Equipment. Addressing concerns about its ability to function, Wilburg wrote, “Notwithstanding the frequency difference of 50HZ/60HZ in terms of the equipment/utility supply, respectively, it was confirmed in writing by the supplier (Vinayak Road Equipment) …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.