“Very attractive offer” – say Grenadians
Grenada based company, Zublin Grenada, which was formerly an arm of Switzerland-based construction company Züblin Bau AG, yesterday said it is seriously considering “a very attractive offer” by the Guyana Government to build a Marriott Resort and Casino in Georgetown.
Zublin Grenada Limited announced that it has concluded “successful discussions with the government over the development and construction of a Marriott Resort and Casino on a prime location in the heart of the historic centre of Georgetown.”
The company said that it was invited by the government to undertake this development and has given the Zublin team three weeks to consider the offer. The government wants a follow up meeting on June 1.
While in Guyana, Zublin Chief Executive Officer, Dick Van Dijk, and fellow Director Winston Whyte, met with Minister of Legal Affairs, Charles Ramson, and Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington.
The meetings were held Sunday and yesterday, public relations officer Barry Collymore told Kaieteur News.
Van Dijk said, “The Government of Guyana has placed a very attractive offer to Zublin which is being seriously considered.”
Collymore said that the company was not prepared to offer any other details at this time.
The government, too, is not disclosing any details about the project. Contacted by Kaieteur News, Brassington said he had “absolutely no comment” to make at this time.
However, another government source said that the specificity of the details is nothing short of industrial espionage. The source stopped short of pointing fingers in any direction.
The government has long been pursuing the construction of a Marriott Hotel in Guyana, spending millions of dollars to reroute the Kingston sewer line to facilitate the project. \However, the hotel project by Adam Development/Urbahn Associates (ADUA) never got off the ground. But the government maintained an interest in setting up a Marriott Hotel in Guyana.
Zublin Grenada Limited was established in November 2000 by the then parent company Züblin Bau AG, a construction company from Switzerland.
Upon establishment, Zublin Grenada Ltd. immediately embarked on one of Grenada’s biggest infrastructural development projects.
Zublin Grenada worked with the Government of Grenada to develop and finance the island’s first cruise ship jetty and also a modern state of the art cruise ship terminal and duty free shopping complex.
In 2003, Zublin Grenada became independent from its parent company via a management buyout. Züblin Bau AG was sold to the pan-European construction company Strabag AG from Austria/Germany.
The main partners and members of the Board of Directors in Zublin Grenada are Mr. Hendrik A. van Dijk, Mr. Sükrü Evrengün, and Mr. Winston Whyte.
Mr. van Dijk, was born in Holland and has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University in Delft. Mr. Winston Whyte is a Grenadian and is a former Government Minister and Member of Parliament.
Mr. Evrengün has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Amsterdam.
The company said the Zublin team combines vast international experience in development, financing and realisation of large scale infrastructural and real estate projects, boasting that the team has established an exemplary track record in the Caribbean region for excellent projects from as early as the 1990’s.
Zublin has completed successful public private partnerships with agencies of the Government of Grenada to bring the cruise port project in Grenada into reality. The St. George’s Newport Development Company Ltd. is a partnership between the Government of Grenada represented by the Grenada Ports Authorities and Zublin Grenada.
The Grenreal Property Corporation is a publicly listed company with a number of private shareholders. These include Zublin Grenada, CSFC from Barbados and the insurance company Trans Nemwill.
These partnerships are responsible for the realisation and (co-) operation of the cruise ship facilities in St. George’s, Grenada W.I.
More than EC$150 million has been invested in these facilities comprising of a berthing facility, a land reclamation and a shopping facility of more than 80,000 sq. feet.
The company pointed out that it is able to ensure the co-operation of top-consultants from the USA and Europe to develop projects successfully due to the international background and vast experience of its owners/managers and efficient staff.
The firm operates offices in Grenada, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
The owners/managers of the company have been involved among others in the realisation of the cruise port facilities in Saint Maarten N.A in 1995.
They are also heavily involved in the development of a cruise ship home port in The Hague, Netherlands. This project has an investment volume of more than £750 million.
The firm recently pre-qualified as the leader of an international consortium to develop a home port facility for cruise ships in Barbados.
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