President Donald Ramotar received a courtesy call on Thursday from senior
officials of Canadian miner, Guyana Goldfields Mining Company and among the issues discussed was expedited customs clearance.
GINA said that Executive Chairman, Patrick Sheridan said that the meeting focused on expediting customs clearances for materials and equipment which are to be imported. With over US$100 million already invested in the mining operation here, Sheridan said he is confident of success. “We have another US$200 million to invest, and we have supporters around the world who are confident in our ability and confident in the ability of our team to build this on time, and within budget”, he told GINA.
GINA said that accompanying the Executive Chairman was the operation’s Country Manager Violet Jean-Baptiste, Consultant Eric Phillips and President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Caldwell.
Sheridan said that the company is on a very tight schedule that necessitates materials coming in on a weekly basis and thus far all has been going well. “We have the excavation completed; we are going to build a big mill like Omai had. That’s on schedule and the team has done a great job of that. Health and Safety is going well, environmental performance is going well and the work in the field is going well”, GINA said.
The company’s mine is located approximately 175 km from Georgetown on the bank of the Cuyuni River. GINA said that the construction phase now underway will see maximum employment of around 800 persons.