Study of Guyana deepwater port with Brazil link due early 2019 - IDB
By Kaieter News
Petroleumworld 06 13 2018
As early as the first quarter of 2019, the Government of Guyana will have a clear idea of where to site the deepwater port, and an even better understanding of what is required to make the Guyana – Brazil Land Transport Link a reality.
The Government of Guyana is working with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) via a Technical Cooperation Agreement to advance the Guyana-Brazil Land Transport Link and Deepwater Port.
According to the IDB, the recently concluded market study has paved the way for work to begin that will see Guyana moving closer toward this goal.
At present, three companies have been engaged and are working simultaneously to help move various aspects of the project into fruition.
“The results of the three studies to help the government of Guyana make a determination will be completed by early 2019.”
According to IDB, Maritime & Transport Business Solutions (MTBS) is working to help the government of Guyana determine the optimum location of a Deepwater Port in Guyana.
“The firm will prepare business case scenarios for the four potential sites, undertaking financial and economic option analyses and subsequently developing a proposal and preliminary design for development of the selected option.”
There will also be strategic environmental and social studies by the RINA Group.
“This study will include identification and analysis of key environmental priorities, challenges and opportunities, diagnosis of the environmental institutional and governance framework and assessment of the most important environmental and social constraints bearing on the performance of the project.”
The analysis and its recommendations are expected to provide valuable complementary information to support comprehensive decisions on possible strategic opportunities and cooperation.”
The Guyana-Brazil Border Studies by Estudios, Proyectos y Planificación (EPYPSA) is expected to provide the ministry with sound technical expertise regarding the Lethem border crossing being an integral element of a future land transport link between Guyana and Brazil.
“This study will build on the results emanating from the previous Market Study completed by HPC Hamburg Port Consulting Gmb.”
The firm will assess the functionality of the current infrastructure at Lethem, conduct mapping of the control processes and agencies involved in regulation of international trade flows, assess the information technology, identify trade policy instruments and make recommendations on international good practices, trade policy and improvements that could boost the efficiency of the Lethem border crossing.
According to the IDB, the study is expected to fully complement the above-mentioned studies by providing the technical team with valuable details and recommendations to support an effective land transport link in future.
“Under the technical cooperation agreement, a transport consultant, an expert in ports and logistics, has also been contracted to provide specialized supervision services.”
The talks of a deepwater harbour have been floating around for a while.
With regards to the Linden/Lethem roadway, that trail has been a major cause of concern for users, with its location accessing the many communities along the way. However, maintenance has been a major problem, with the rainy seasons proving major headaches for miners and others.
Brazil has been interested in a paved roadway to access a shorter route to send and receive containers.
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