Skeldon Factory undergoes first of three performance tests
- GuySuCo management awaiting Engineer’s report
One of three performance tests on the multi-million-dollar Skeldon Factory has been completed and management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) says it is awaiting the Engineer’s report before conducting the other tests.
Upon receipt of the binding report, both the Chinese contractors and GuySuCo will “continue to work in a well coordinated manner to achieve a mutually acceptable conclusion to the tests”, the Corporation said in a statement yesterday.
“It is worthy to note that during the week in which the 1st test after completion was conducted, the Skeldon Factory achieved its weekly production target where all categories of qualified workers will receive an extra day’s pay.”
The first test was conducted from March 30 to April 2 – 72 hours straight.
The test after completion, of the state-of-the-art factory, is a scheduled requirement to demonstrate that the performance of the factory complies with the requirement of the contract.
According to the contract, each test is of 72 hours duration, during which the plant has to be operated at its design operating level.
Last week, Chief Executive Officer of GuySuCo, Errol Hanoman, had disclosed that there is enough cane to facilitate the factory’s run at its maximum capacity of 350 tonnes an hour.
As it relates to the company’s official request for an extension of the defects liability period which officially ended on March 20, Hanoman, while being unable to say whether there was an official document confirming acquiesce, did say that the representative of the company based in Guyana seems “on board.”
President Bharrat Jagdeo had declared, at a recent press conference, that the situation at GuySuCo, particularly with the Skeldon Sugar Factory, was a ‘bother.” He said that measures have to be put in place to cut cost. The corporation may even have to let go of some employees but not at the cultivation level, he added.
Hanoman recently confirmed that the company had made an official request to the Chinese contractors hired to construct the new Skeldon Sugar factory to extend the defects liability period.
The defects liability period is the duration that was allotted to identify deficiencies, and all such deficiencies identified in that allotted time have to be remedied by the contractors. Subsequent to that, any defects will have to be addressed by GuySuCo.
Hanoman stressed that the request for the extension is in no way reflective of a suspicion that there are any critical defects still unidentified. The CEO said that the request is in light of the fact that the company would prefer to have the final test of the factory conducted during the defects liability period.
This would be better for the company, according to Hanoman, given that any defects identified will then be addressed by the contractors.
Prior to the official expiration, Hanoman had informed this newspaper that the contractors had managed to remedy some of the critical defects that were identified. At that time, he noted that up until the defects liability period came to an end on March 20, testing would have been a continuous process.
In excess of 100 defects were found at the new Skeldon Sugar factory, with 10 being considered as critical.
Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, had informed the Economic Services Commission that the Chinese contractors would stay on to ensure that all of the defects are remedied.
Hanoman supported this notion, telling the Committee that the Chinese have expressed confidence in remedying the identified defects.