The Doppler radar tower at Timehri is behind schedule because there are some delays in acquiring some equipment from overseas.
Kaieteur News was told that the tower was scheduled to be completed in November, but it is now expected that works will be completed in December. Just over 80 percent of the tower has been completed.
The agreement that was signed with the Caribbean Meteorological Organization had stated that the tower will be completed and handed over in November.
The installation of the radar equipment in Guyana is expected to be done in January. After much controversy and the loss of approximately $40M, a new location was selected in mid last year for the tower.
Kaieteur News reported that the construction of the building to house the Doppler weather system was too close to the airport’s Very High Frequency Omni Range (VOR), thus causing disruption.
It was stressed that once the wrong reading is transmitted to an aircraft, it could throw a pilot off course, with serious consequences.
This newspaper was told that technical staff members confirmed that the new location is at least 1500 feet from the VOR.
Since the discovery was made, the Office of the President took over the investigation to determine who should be held accountable for the money that was spent.
One director from the GCAA was dismissed.
Upon completion, the Doppler radar will be used to provide continuous real-time radar surveillance up to 400 kilometres out, and will help forecasters define with greater accuracy the areas where severe weather is likely to form, identify the characteristic patterns indicating a high probability of severe thunderstorms, and improve forecasting time, intensity and location of heavy precipitation.
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