EU funded sea defence project delayed
Heavy rainfall, design change cited
Physical works under the European Union-funded sea defence project have experienced some setback owing to heavy rainfall and changes in design for certain sites, says Geoffrey Vaughn, Chief River and Sea Defence Officer of the Ministry of Public Works and Communications.
He said that the Ministry is engaging the contractor, BK International, and the consultant to ensure that the project is completed with the specified time frame which is by October.
The aim of the project is to construct 1.6 kilometers and rehabilitate and maintain 18 kilometers of sea defence structures across the coastline. The project has been divided into two lots.
“In lot one, works are 93 percent complete with the construction of rip-rap design at No. 78 Village, Corentyne and construction of 1.2 kilometers of rip-rap design at Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara.
Lot two entails the rehabilitation and maintenance of 31 existing sea defence sites from Regions Two to Six.
“The contractor is a little behind time in terms of its schedule for works. However, there were some changes in design in some areas. These have been rectified and the contractor would now commence works in that area,” Vaughn stated.
He added, “One such area is Better Hope, where we were supposed to raise the existing wall, but when we did some checks we realised that that would not be the best option so we are now going to reinforce the foreshore on the river side, and use rock protection in front of the existing concrete wall, which we find would be adequate and would last a longtime.”
Rehabilitation works have been completed in some areas including Greenwich Park where approximately 100 metres of rip-rap construction was executed. The contractor also completed groyne works at Suddie, Region Two.
Meanwhile, rehabilitation works at Zeelugt, West Coast Demerara are 40 percent complete with the contractor executing earthen works and casting cement slabs.
The contractor is currently mobilising resources to commence works at Dem Amstel and Meter-Meer-Zorg.
The project commenced in September 2009 under the Ninth European Development Fund (9th EDF). It has three components: the physical works, technical assistance and supply of material and costs18M Euros.