Grand Commissioning ceremony planned for Albion Sports Complex
President Ramotar expected to be chief celebrant
By Samuel Whyte
The eagerly awaited and anticipated commissioning ceremony of the Albion Community Centre Lighting projected in slated for today (Caricom Day) with President Donald Ramotar expected to be the chief celebrant.
A day of cricketing activities that will include 20/20 cricket matches involving four top teams in Berbice will be a part of the events. The teams slated to participate are Young Warriors of East Canje, Albion Community Centre, Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and Port Mourant Cricket Club.
Proceedings begin at 12:000hrs with the semifinal play which will be of 15 overs duration. The final, which will be a 20/20 affair, is expected to commence at 18:30 hrs.
An official opening ceremony is expected to commence at 17:00hrs with President Ramotar, Regional Chairman David Armogan and other Senior Government officials expected to officiate. This activity is expected to see the lights being switched on.
The grand final will be played under lights making it the first time that permanent flood lights will be used at the venue.
Cash, trophies and other incentives will be up for grabs for the winning and runner up teams along with the outstanding individual performers, including man of the match, best batsman and best bowler. Admission is free.
The project was completed in May and done at a cost of $91M. It was done in three phases- Supply of equipment, civil works and electrical installation.
The first saw the arrival of the Electrical Components from overseas back in January.
The second phase which was undertaken by Cummings Electrical and supervised by Engineering Consultant and Engineering Firm was scheduled to be completed to the tune of $44M. This aspect had many hiccups with some sections of the project having to be redone due to some flaws. Cummings Electrical was responsible for the construction of the foundation for the Light Towers, the construction of the Electrical hut and the installation of the equipment.
The third phase was supervised by Musco Lighting and saw the project coming to being with the installation of all the imported equipment and powering of the system.
Musco Lighting is the same company that supplied the Lighting for the Guyana National Stadium and a few other facilities.
There are six towers with seventeen luminaries on each pole, totaling 102 – 1500 watts bulbs.
The lights will be powered by a generator or local power source. The energy saver type lights are expected to be used. The project is said to have been given a 10 year warranty.
The Albion Community Centre was the venue for the first one day international match played in the Caribbean.